TOMAS MIKAEL BÄCK
KJELL WESTÖ (ANDERS HED)
JOUNI INKALA (b. 1966) is writer living in Helsinki. He has published seven collections of poems, the latest of which, Sarveisaikoja , appeared in 2005.
|THE REVERENT WITNESS OF MEANINGFUL MOMENTS
Then you started explaining again. Curled up on the couch
in the position in which you first started all leaving.
On your side, head between knees, hair tangled in armpits
a telling position.
As if you still needed to demonstrate
that all happiness is divisible.
In tattered October wind, in the time of cloud-hidden
stars. When I had talked about a miracle, and you had smiled.
How could it have been selfishness that drove a
new time between us toward its roar of birth?
We, decided upon before our own beginning.
While generations turn and tremble
in every muscle, at night.
Such hermeticism, such selfishness in us.
In that frosty January night
as the black lane of spruce-trees walked and stopped beside us,
on the hazy blue snow.
In the eyes of Tengman's pearl-gray owl, among dead trees.
That breath. The cosmic loneliness of constellations
that doomed us to divisibility.
That laugh of yours.
Bright water beads
Behind the window
Deep gouges in the middle of the...
Then you started explaining again
I can not sleep even though I...
The weight of November's damp fog
This afternoon, I cut my finger
The next psalm after the last
Confession in wedding garb