Hannu Salakka, “Many Things That Should Be Said”

Moni asia, joka olisi saatava sanotuksi,
jää salasaisuudeksi.
En tiedä, mitä tapahtui,
äkkiä vain tuli valoisaa. Oliko se pilvi?
Kauniit onnelliset kasvot,
itkuiset kun elämä säröilee,
maailman osat eivät ole kohdallaan
eivätkä ne enää kohdalleen mene.

Many things that should be said
remain a secret.
I don’t know what happened.
It just suddenly became bright. Was it a cloud?
Beautiful happy faces,
Tearful when life cracks.
The parts of the world are not in place,
Nor will they ever come together again.

—Hannu Salakka, Ennen kapaisin tähän (Otava, 1983)

Translation and photo by Living in FIN

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