Saturday, 13 February 2010

Just a brief meeting with someone

Just a brief meeting with someone can give you relief for a while

My blog sometimes spills over on the dark side. This is because I am suffering from SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) (In my case it’s winter depression.) I find that blogging helps me. The other day I found a comment on my blog from Japan. It was just a glimpse of another human being, just a brief meting in cyber space. But this brief meeting meant a lot to me. I started to think about all the brief meetings we make in our lives and how they often give a golden edge to an ordinary day. The Swedish poet Hjalmar Gullberg (1898 – 1961) has caught this in one of his poems. He came from Sk√•ne in the south of Sweden. Tragically he committed suicide by drowning himself. This is my translation of his poem.

If in a lonely forest
anxiety over took you
Just a brief meeting with someone
could give you relief for a while

Give some directions on path
then in peace say goodbye
Such were strangers meetings
according to ancient rules

Changing a word or two
made it easy to walk
All peoples meetings
should be conducted as such

1 comment:

  1. And...YOU gave me a relief too, by responding to my comment like this! Thank you so very much. We live very far away, but still we live in the same spaceship called "Earth". Blogging sometimes tells us so... Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem.