Friday, March 4, 2016



Hoof print in water,
twilight-blue eyes
flaxen mane.

And my meaning disappeared
in the hot earth ,
like half-set wax.

But my name continued
in an anonymous way
until the next day.


Steinn Steinarr ("Rigning " in the original Icelandic)
Translation by Sheila Graham-Smith © 2016

From Wikipedia:

    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:
Storm: Ilmari Aalto – 1915; oil painting
Public domain

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