För levande och döda (For the Living and the Dead) 1996
Translated by Joanna Bankier, Robert Bly, Samuel Charters, Robin Fulton, and Malena Morling
- I was, however, more interested in steam engines than in electric ones. In other words, I was more romantic than technical.
- The scientific method I was closest to was the Linnaean: discover, collect, examine.
- We always feel younger than we are. I carry inside myself my earlier faces, as a tree contains its rings. The sum of them is me. The mirror sees only my latest face, while I know all my previous ones.
- My total experience of school was mixed, with more darkness than light. Just as my image of society has become.
- As when you were a child and some tremendous hurt
Was pulled over your head like a sack-
Glints of sunshine through the mesh
And the hum of the cherry trees.
But it doesn’t help, the great hurt
Covers head and torso and knees
And though you are able to move sometimes
Spring brings no happiness.
Yes, shimmering wool cap, pull it down over your face
Stare through the mesh.
Out on the bay, the rings of water multiply soundlessly
Green leaves darken the earth.
- As When You Were a Child
Selected Poems, Edited by Robert Hass, 1987 Harpercollins
- Above ground,
in tropical flood, earth's greenery
stands with lifted arms, as if listening
to the beat of invisible pistons.
- p. 3