Eeva Kilpi, “It Suddenly Dawned on Me in the Night”

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Yöllä minulle äkkiä valkeni:
se mies joka auttoi autoni käyntiin,
se oli sorsastaja.
Jokin sanoi minulle sen.
Metsässä tietää.

Nyt ymmärrän hänen pelästyneen katseensa
kun menin puhuttelemaan häntä.

Säikähti omaatuntoaan.

Ja minä: kehuin ja kiitin.

It suddenly dawned on me in the night.
The man who had helped get my car going
was a duck hunter.
Something had told me that.
One knows in the forest.

I now understood his frightened gaze
when I went to talk to him.

It had startled his conscience.

And me, I had praised and thanked him.

Source: Eeva Kilpi, Terveisin (WSOY, 1976), p. 30. Photo and translation by Living in FIN

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