Nobel prize-winning Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer today.
by Tomas Tranströmer
After a black day, I play Haydn,
and feel a little warmth in my hands.
The keys are ready. Kind hammers fall.
The sound is spirited, green, and full of silence.
The sound says that freedom exists
and someone pays no taxes to Caesar.
I shove my hands in my haydnpockets
and act like a man who is calm about it all.
I raise my haydnflag. The signal is:
"We do not surrender. But want peace."
The music is a house of glass standing on a slope;
rocks are flying, rocks are rolling.
The rocks roll straight through the house
but every pane of glass is still whole.
Two haiku by Tomas Tranströmer
Standing on the balcony
in a cage of sunbeams –
like a rainbow
Death bends over me –
I’m a chess problem, and he
has the solution
Greg has our Poetry Friday round-up this week.