A Winter Night

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lyrics

from 'The Half-finished Heaven' (1962), by Tomas Tranströmer, translated by Robin Fulton.

The storm puts its mouth to the house
and blows to produce a note.
I sleep uneasily, turn, with shut eyes
read the storm’s text.

But the child’s eyes are large in the dark
and for the child the storm howls.
Both are fond of lamps that swing.
Both are halfway towards speech.

The storm has childish hands and wings.
The Caravan bolts towards Lapland.
And the house feels its own constellation of nails
holding the walls together.

The night is calm over our floor
(where all expired footsteps
rest like sunk leaves in a pond)
but outside the night is wild.

Over the world goes a graver storm.
It sets its mouth to our soul.
And blows to produce a note. We dread
that the storm will blow us empty.

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from Murmurations, released February 3, 2012

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S.A. Barstow Gent, Belgium

‘Murmurations’ is the first album of the solo project S.A. Barstow by singer-songwriter Teun De Voeght. Ten poems of the Swedish poet and Nobel Prize winner Tomas Tranströmer were put to music and brought together in this acoustic anthology.
‘Murmurations’ is dedicated to his sister’s firstborn, Maud.
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