Hannu Salakka, “Any Hilltop of Yours”

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On mikä tahansa mäenharjanne tai kukkula,
vuori tai niin pieni kumpare
että mahtuu kokonaan kämmenen alle,
niin heti haluan kiivetä sille katselemaan
ja painaa mieleen kaiken
minkä matkalla olen nähnyt.
•••••••••
Any hilltop of yours or hillock whatsoever,
a mountain or a knoll so small
it fits completely under the palm,
so I immediately want to climb it and have a look,
and commit to memory everything
I have seen en route.
 
—Hannu Salakka, Ennen kapaisin tähän (Otava, 1983), p. 21. Translated by Living in FIN. View of Ukko-Koli (Koli National Park, North Karelia) courtesy of Yekaterina Andreyeva and reprinted with her permission.

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