A wild winter swan
was gunned down
by the sniper,
who had ruled the area
the bird had spread its wings.
The animals have lost their sense of
the lonely gunner thought, and she stayed to
observe the feast of the wolves.
A winter’s tale is not always sweet:
the descendant of the soldier of the Winter War
embraces the rough beat.
The life of a Finn is a bust,
and all a Finn can do is do what she must:
this one will never leave her post
even though she’s treated like a ghost.
Paula Puolakka (1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) She’s also the representative of the City of Oulu.
The official website, the City of Oulu: https://www.ouka.fi/oulu/munoulu/oulun-pienlahettilaiden-esittely
Puolakka’s interviews: https://spillwords.com/spotlight-on-writers-paula-puolakka/
(Spillwords Press, 20.11.2021.)
https://penable.net/2021/06/03/interview-with-author-paula-puolakka/ (Penable, 6.3.2021.)
https://refiction.com/community/2019-01-10-paula-puolakka (Re:fiction, 10.1.2019.)
http://kirjastolinkit.ouka.fi/kaleva/elo17/englanti.htm (The newspaper Kaleva, 22.8.2017. A library link.)