Eeva Kilpi, “I Am Always Calm When I Have Two”

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Olen rauhallinen aina kun minulla on kaksi:
kaksi kampaa, kahdet sukat, kaksi samanlaista kynää.
Rakastaessakin yksinäisyys aina toisena.

Vai niin, hän sanoi ankarasti,
käskyn sinä tiedät:
jos sinulla on kaksi, luovuta toinen pois.

Tiedän, minä vastasin,
vaan jospa minuun pätee se suomalainen sananlasku:
Joka kahta kaihoaa, kumpaisenkin kadottaa.

I am always calm when I have two:
Two combs, two pairs of socks, two identical pens.
Always loving solitude second.

Indeed, he said harshly,
You know the commandment:
If you have two things, give one away.

I know, I replied,
But maybe the Finnish proverb applies to me:
He who longs for two loses both.

—Eeva Kilpi, Laulu rakkaudesta ja muita runoja (WSOY, 1972)

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Translation and photos by Living in FIN

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