Jorma Etto, “The Dogs”

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Koirat
Nuuskimme jälkiä, haistoimme jätteitä,
nuolimme kivien raot,
vainusimme varjot jotka kerran olivat.
Viimein löysimme unohtuneen
mirhamintuoksuisen liinan
kaukaa Jordanin takaa.

* * * * *

The Dogs
We sniffed tracks, we smelled trash,
we licked cracks in rocks,
we scented the shadows that once had been.
Finally, we found a forgotten
cloth that smelled of myrrh
far beyond the Jordan.

Jorma Etto, Ajastaikaa (WSOY, 1964)

Translation and snapshot by Living in FIN

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