söndag 5 april 2009

Okänd vers.

Alla dessa dagar som kom och gick,
inte visste jag att det var livet.

Var har detta hörts förr?
Författaren! Vem är det?
Jo, Stig Johansson som arbetat på Försäkringskassan i Malmö.
Hans rader om livet har blivit bevingade ord. Allas egendom nu.
Texten har använts på reklam för pensionsförsäkringar, vykort,
T-tröjor och har många gånger hörts på gudstjänsterna i radio.
Det är en omtyckt vers i annonser och var också ofta en stor
fråga i radions "Svar idag", ett program som sändes 1968-1991.

Det är frågan om inte Stig Johansson idag är en av
våra mest citerade författare och den mest okände.


1 kommentar:

  1. Som en anspelning på dagens tema lägger jag in Kavafis Ithaka. Tänkvärd på många sätt och vis!

    When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
    pray that the road is long,
    full of adventure, full of knowledge.
    The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
    the angry Poseidon -- do not fear them:
    You will never find such as these on your path,
    if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
    emotion touches your spirit and your body.
    The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
    the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
    if you do not carry them within your soul,
    if your soul does not set them up before you.

    Pray that the road is long.
    That the summer mornings are many, when,
    with such pleasure, with such joy
    you will enter ports seen for the first time;
    stop at Phoenician markets,
    and purchase fine merchandise,
    mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
    and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
    as many sensual perfumes as you can;
    visit many Egyptian cities,
    to learn and learn from scholars.

    Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
    To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
    But do not hurry the voyage at all.
    It is better to let it last for many years;
    and to anchor at the island when you are old,
    rich with all you have gained on the way,
    not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

    Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
    Without her you would have never set out on the road.
    She has nothing more to give you.

    And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
    Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
    you must already have understood what Ithacas mean.