Hannu Salakka, “My Life Is Called Dismal”

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Elämääni sanotaan ankeaksi,
itseäni alakuloiseksi,
vaikka olen vain ajatuksissani.
Mielissäni.
Mielin kielin.
Jos näyttäisin miltä minusta tuntuu todella
heidän keskellään olla,
ei olisi sellaista sanaa.

……………………………

My life is called dismal,
I am said to be gloomy,
although I am only lost in my thoughts.
In my moods.
Mindful.
If I looked how I really feel,
being amidst them,
there would be no word for it.

—Hannu Salakka, Niin joudun kauas tulevaisuuteen (Otava, 1989), p. 82. Photo and translation by Living in FIN

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