the sun was with me ,
like a slender woman ,
in yellow shoes .
Twenty fathoms deep
lay my faith and love
like a two-toned blossom.
And the sun passed
over the unsuspecting blossom
in yellow shoes.
Steinn Steinarr ("Solin" in the original Icelandic)
Translation by Sheila Graham-Smith © 2015
Steinn Steinarr (born Aðalsteinn Kristmundsson, 13 October 1908 – 25 May 1958) was an Icelandic poet.
Many Icelanders regard Steinn Steinarr as their greatest poet, although he remains almost unknown outside of Iceland, due perhaps to a lack of effective translations of his poetry.
Image links to its source on Wiki Commons Nature morte avec des tournesols sur un fauteuil (Still life with sunflowers on an armchair): Paul Gaugin. 1901. Public domain