Stone 7 Homeless

Tonight I’ve been walking
from Hedsunda town
where I fruitlessly begged for a room,
my worn-out shoe soles
are weighing me down
damp with dirt and soaked from the storm.

I had come from the granite robbers’ den
where the dark was every man’s mate.
After years of brooding
and months of grief
and nights that were black with hate.

Because I adored fighting
with stone and knife
and laughed at brooding and crime –
until one day I took a woman’s life,
and spent long years serving my time.

By the pond at Kersna
Below Hävamo cliff
I was planning to end my days
when the rays of the fleeting moon shone like gold
o’er the shores and nocturnal haze.

And I found that I harbored
a need not to die,
though I hated to live all the same –
it is bitter to die
in a night-black pond
and as bitter to live in shame.

Then to feel one’s misery tug one down
til one’s breath is naught but hate –
tho the sun is bright – tho the summer abounds –
it is bitter, bitter, my mate!

Take me to the stone

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by Jimmy Ginsby | Minnesstenar, Jimmy Ginsby läser Dan Andersson

English translation by: Linda Schenck