Pentti Saarikoski: Trotsky Says

kuuluisassa vallankumouksen historiassaan Trotski kertoo
kun Leninillä
oli silmälasit ja tekotukka
kun Pietarissa satoi
äiti Venäjä synnytti lasta
josta oli tuleva

kun tarjoilu on loppunut
asiakkkaat hätistelty pois
tuolit nostettu pöytien päälle
ja kassa laskee rahoja
kun katsoo tätä ulkoa
ja kaikki on niin kuin tavallisesti
ja jatkuu ja on jatkunut

auto näyttää omaisuuden arvoiselta minä olen pelkkää
pimeyttä niinkuin enkeli
joka lentää omaa valoaan nopeammin

—Pentti Saarikoski, Mitä tapahtuu todella? (1962)

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in his famous history of the Revolution Trotsky says
when Lenin
had glasses and a wig
when it was raining in Petersburg
Mother Russia gave birth to a child
from which the future emerged

when service is over
the customers shooed out
the chairs put on the tables
and the cashier is counting the money
when one looks at this from outside
and everything is as usual
and goes on and has been going on

the car looks like it is worth a fortune I am mere
darkness like an angel
who flies faster than its own light

Pentti Saarikoski, What Is Really Happening? (1962)

Translation and collage by Living In FIN

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