Apples and Poems
Today is the birthday of the Norwegian poet and gardener Olav Hauge.
Olav was a trained horticulturist and fruit grower. Olav earned a living as a professional gardener. When he wasn't writing poetry, he could be found working in his apple orchard - he had 70 apple trees.
Here's my translation of one of Olav's more famous poems in his home country of Norway; it's about a garden cat.
The cat sits in the yard.
When you come,
Talk to the cat a little.
He is the one who is in charge of the garden.
And here's another famous poem for Olav fans:
Don't come to me with the entire truth.
Don't bring me the ocean if I feel thirsty,
nor heaven if I ask for light;
but bring a hint, some dew, a particle,
as birds carry only drops away from water,
and the wind a grain of salt.