Autumnal Archipelago

Autumnal
Archipelago

Storm

Here the walker suddenly meets the giant
oak tree, like a petrified elk whose crown is
furlong wide before the September ocean’s
murky green fortress.

Northern storm. The season when rowanberry
clusters swell. Awake in the darkness, listen:
constellations stamping inside their stalls, high
over the treetops.

Tomas Tranströmer – the great enigma new collected poems, translated by Robin
Fulton.