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HENRIKA RINGBOM

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EIRA STENBERG

ANNI SUMARI

ILPO TIIHONEN

SIRKKA TURKKA

MERJA VIROLAINEN

KJELL WESTÖ (ANDERS HED)

SIRKKA TURKKA (b. 1939) has written 14 books, both poetry and prose. She was awarded Finlandia Prize in 1987, Yleisradio’s (the equivalent of the BBC) Tanssiva Karhu (Dancing Bear) prize in 1994 and Eino Leino Prize in 2000. She has also worked as animal attendant and head stableman.
THE HOLINESS OF HUMILITY
 

I found a rabbit´s paw in the yard
       white and silent
      like a flower on a grave.
I found an elk´s horn on a road
     one just emerged from a bud
and in the woods a crippled squirrel.
       Before I whirled it into emptiness from here
it crossed its small hind legs in prayer.
     I found at the foot of a bush of ashes
             an eagle gouged hollow,
wings wide in the wind.
    I carried orphaned, injured rocks in my pocket,
on my shoulders the death of many animals.
        I knew: soon silent snow will fall
like lilies, soon we  are given peace,
           and as a sign of love, a broken cross falls
                     on the step of winter
                            like a black branch.


Blessed are the spiritually poor

I don't want to see Ignatio's blood

The horse is yawning, his eyes...

I'm standing on the roof, it's...

Wish for anything you want, anyt...

In winter a wolf ran cross

I found a rabbit´s paw in the yard

Alone, perplexed, an autumn flow...

The dog sleeps behind checkered...

They are all there

We drive the great night and thu...

And in the sky a dark cloud like...

I've grown thinner

The theory of relativity is a...

Autumn, the old horseman pissing

And the world stood on one leg...


 
From Voiman ääni (The sound of strength), 1989. 
Translated by Seija Paddon. Penumbra Press. Scandinavian Translation Series. 2000. 56 pages. Work protected by Copyright: Sirkka Turkka, Seija Paddon, and Penumbra Press.