Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Outside the Ring

Outside the Ring

I walk in a ring
around all there is.
And inside this ring
is your world.
My shade fell an instant
on the window glass.
I walk in a ring
around all there is.
And outside this ring
is my world.

Steinn Steinarr (“Utan Hringsins” in the original Icelandic)
Translation by Sheila Graham-Smith
© 2017

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:
Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) “Circles in a Circle” – 1923
Public domain.

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