Eeva Kilpi, “April”

HUHTIKUU

Ei voi astua kahta kertaa
samaan virtaan.
Ei voi, koska itse on virta.
Ei voi, koska itse on pisara.
Ei voi, koska haarautuu
sivujoiksi,
puroiksi,
noroiksi,
kosteikoiksi,

koska kohoaa ilmaan
utuna,
usvana,
sumuna,

muuttuu pyörteeksi,
pyörremyrskyksi
ja putoaa sateena alas

Kerääntyy luhdaksi
ja luusuaksi,
alkaa kukkia myrkkykeisona,
kasvaa juolukkana.

Helisee kivien alla
ja jatkaa matkaa.

Astu sinä virtaani.

ice road

APRIL

You cannot step
into the same stream twice.
You cannot because you are stream.
You cannot because you are droplet.
You cannot because you branch
into tributaries,
into streams,
into rivulets,
into wetlands,

because you rise into air
as haze,
as mist,
as fog,

you turn into vortex,
into cyclone,
and fall down as rain

You coalesce into floodmeadow
and riverneck,
begin blossoming as cowbane,
burgeon as bog bilberry.

You burble beneath rocks
and keep going.

Step into my stream.

Source: Eeva Kilpi, Kuolinsiivous (WSOY, 2012). Translation and photo by Living in FIN

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