Artur & Maria, second and third from the left (c. 1947)
I am re-posting this poem from some time ago. I thought of it this morning, and I think it’s beautiful. I found it in a second-hand collection of poetry entitled, The Penguin Book of Women Poets (1978).
The following little poem was written by the late Maria Wine (1912 – 2003), a Swedish writer and poet of Danish origin. She was married to the late Swedish writer and literary critic, Artur Lundkvist. From the little I have read it seems that the two shared a rich and dynamic life together until Artur’s death in 1991. It is also apparent that they enjoyed a rather unconventional relationship, which is reflected, however subtly, in the little poem below.
but do not come too near
leave room for love
to laugh at its happiness
always let some of my blond hair
Translated from Swedish by Nadia Christensen.