Eeva Kilpi, “Common Plantain Cures”

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Rautalehti varpaitten välissä
parantaa jalkasienen,
jalkapohjasta se poistaa känsän,
nokkosenpolttamaan se erittää vasta-ainetta.
Sitä voi syödä.

Kuinka meillä on varaa
unohtaa tällainen tieto,
josta kaiken lisäksi
ainakin puolet on totta.

Common plantain cures
athlete’s foot between the toes,
removes calluses from soles,
secretes an antidote to nettle burns.
It is edible.

How can we afford
to forget such knowledge?
Everything else aside,
at least half of it is true.

Source: Eeva Kilpi, Terveisin (WSOY, 1976), p. 25. Translated by Thomas Campbell. Photo courtesy of Frantsila.com

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