Peder Severin Krøyer, Danish artist 1851-1909 –Summer Evening at Skagen Beach
The Eternal Three
There are two men in the world, who
Are crossing my path I see,
And the one is the man I love,
The other’s in love with me.
And one exists in the nightly dreams
Of my somber soul evermore,
The other stands at the door of my heart
But I will not open the door.
And one once gave me a vernal breath
Of happiness squandered — alack!
The other gave me his whole, long life
And got never an hour back.
And one lives hot in the song of my blood
Where love is pure, unbound –
The other is one with the humdrum day
Where all our dreams are drowned.
Between these two every woman stands,
In love, beloved, and white –
And once every hundred years it happens
That both in one unite.
(translated from the Danish by Martin S. Allwood)
For the first time in a very long time (a hundred years, anyone?!) I feel the heart tug far from home. I joyfully realize that I stand with my one as that woman in white.
Copenhagen beach today:
The only thing missing in Danmark is N.