Hannu Salakka, “There Are Many Suns”

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Aurinkoja on monta.
Me olemme liian kaukana toiveinemme
joiden emme uskalla antaa toteutua.
Valo joka lähti meitä tavoittamaan
on jo ohi
kun se saavuttaa meidät,
yhteen ääneen väitämme
että edes nuorina
emme pelänneet pimeää.

There are many suns.
We are too distant with our hopes,
which we don’t dare let come true.
The light that set out to meet us
has already passed
when it reaches us.
We claim in unison
that even when we were young
we were not afraid of the dark.

—Hannu Salakka, Vuoden viimeisenä ja ensimmäisenä yönä (Otava, 1996)

Translation and photo by Living in FIN

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