“Kyrie” by Tomas Tranströmer
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
At times my life suddenly opens its eyes in the dark. A feeling of masses of people pushing blindly through the streets, excitedly, toward some miracle, while I remain here and no one sees me. It is like the child who falls asleep in terror listening to the heavy thumps of his heart. For a long, long time till morning puts his light in the locks and the doors of darkness open.
from The Half-Finished Heaven, Swedish translation by Robert Bly, 2001
Graywolf Press, St. Paul, Minnesota
Copyright 2001 by Tomas Tranströmer.
All rights reserved.
Reprinted by permission of Graywolf Press from The Half-Finished Heaven, 2001. Copyright 2001 by Tomas Tranströmer. For further permissions information, contact Graywolf Press, 2402 University Ave. Ste. 203, St Paul, MN 55114.
About the Poet
Tomas Tranströmer (1931-2015) is the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature and the author of 15 poetry collections, including The Deleted World (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011).
Learn more about Tomas Tranströmerat The Poetry Foundation.