Eeva Kilpi, “Red-Backed Shrike”

Wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris)

Pikkulepinkäinen, mustakulmani,
suussaan iso keltainen perhonen, silmieni ilo,
puoliksi nieltynä, siivet harallaan nokassa,
ja koko tämä asetelma
sijoitettuna mahtavaan karhunputkeen,
taustalla ohdakkeitten hillitty sinipuna
jossa perhonen äsken lensi.

Ja minäkö ainoa tietoisuus?
En taatusti.
Tuskassa ja tyytyväisyydessä sen siemen jo on.

Red-backed shrike, my black-browed mollymawk,
a big yellow butterfly, joy of my eyes, in its mouth,
half-swallowed, the wings splayed in the beak.
And this whole still life
set in a prodigious wild angelica,
against the muted purple of the thistles
where the butterfly just flew.

And am I the only consciousness?
Certainly not.
Its seed is already there in the suffering and satisfaction.

—Eeva Kilpi, Terveisin (WSOY, 1976)

Translated by Living in FIN. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

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