Observing Sweden 12 August 2013

I spent some time at History Week this Saturday, small town called Sätre, twenty klicks from where we live. A village fair where time goes back 100 years, people dress up, folk dances, music, horses. First stop was a folk music group. There was an instrument I’ve never seen before. A rough translation of the name would be a key harp, like a violin except with keys, no frets to finger.

Fair Music 2Here’s another.

Image        They were good and I was eye-wet moved, for reasons not apparent. Maybe seeing them so old (my age) and having a good time together . . . sweet recall, these years gone by, un-witnessed by the many and remembered by this lucky few. So very Swedish, and it came to me I’d been around a good three quarters of the century they’re celebrating. How did I get old? I didn’t see it coming. Age sneaks up on one . . . thief in the night, daylight as well. I watched a folk dance, also very Swedish. Called the Ox dance. Not sure where it comes from . . . what the story is. But fun to watch – two old guys (my age) having a great time with gusto.

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ImageThere were carriages and horses.

ImageAlso horse poop. Watch your step.

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        It was a fun day, simple, nice. A simple Swedish happiness I notice more and more, an almost naive joyousness uncommon in the States. Cell phones were not in use this day, this far more simple time and place, a great relief.

It was a nice day.

ImageVillage People – 1913 Sweden Style.

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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11 Responses to Observing Sweden 12 August 2013

  1. Marilyn says:

    What an enjoyable post!

  2. I think we’ve stomped through the same number of years wondering how it happened so quickly. Perhaps that’s why history seems important. Loved the piece and photos.

  3. stutleytales says:

    My feelings of discontent and resentful longing build with every post you write about your new homeland, I must confess. I wish it was me there to see and do all that you are doing! So enjoy what you have and keep sharing with the rest of us who are unable to get there 🙂 really enjoyed this.

  4. Love the idea of that naive joyousness, it sounds an enchanting day Bruce… hope you have many more like it…great pics

  5. Judisk Pojke says:

    Love the pictures and writing!
    United States Hästskit looks about the same!
    Tiden Flyger!

  6. Jay Wang says:

    What a great day and I really know what you are feeling. Thanks for the great pics, even the poop.

  7. catnipoflife says:

    You made it sound like a most enjoyable day, Bruce! Perhaps there are many more in the future 🙂

  8. This post reminds me of what is coming up at “Little Sweden” USA in October.
    http://www.svenskhyllningsfest.org/

    I must attend this year.

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