Tollund Poetry Translation Contest
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Feb 25, 2010

Just thought I'd post the poem from the winner of the Norwegian portion of the Tollund Poetry Contest and the $300.00 prize. The winner: Marit Ombudstvedt of Vestby.

If interested, please see for the Danish contest.


Love Songs

For Jon Stallworthy
Some will confess they are sick of love songs,
And they could well say the same of death poems.
You’d think one of each of these would last us,
So why keep on about romantic wrongs,
Trysts, flings, long stares, and sinister dial tones,
Early hopes of love replaced by certain loss?
We all learn adoration and lust go
Away at last, and every bright young thing,
Vivid child, doting bride, is a goner.
At long last the earth too will spin out, throw
Itself flaming onto the sun, and fling
Our species off like fleas or needling burrs.
Some are in love with death, others kill for love;
Perhaps as we’re told: as below, so above.


Til Jon Stallworthy
Enkelte er lei kjærlighetssanger,
de kan nok om dødsdikt si det samme.
En skulle tro at en av hver holdt, så
hvorfor mase med kjærlighetsanger,
flørting, lange blikk og en ny flamme,
tidlig håp om kjærlighet i tynn trå?
Beundring og lyst forgår til slutt har
vi lært, og alle lystige unge
ting, ivrige barn og bruder svinner.
Omsider vil jorden kaste seg klar
og flammende mot solen, og slynge
oss av seg som lopper eller borrer.
Noen elsker død, andre dreper for
Amor; nåvel, oven- som nedenfor.

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