Fahredin Shehu’s poems in Finnish Language

Fahredin Shehu’s poems in Finnish Language

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Translated by Martyna Kokotkiewicz, PhD

FINNISH:

Rukousmatto (The Prayer Rug)

Toisen maailman voimalla

lainaan sen hetken

kun muistoa ja kaipuuta

kehrätään kuin silkkilankaa

rukousmattoa varten

Samettivihko (The Velvet Notebook)

Akvamariiniväriseen samettivihkoon,

raskas kynä kirjoittaa karkeasti

verellä musteen sijaan ja

suorin kirjaimin kaarevaa maailmaa varten

Kenet on haastettava (Whom to challenge)

Taivaan laajuisella kupolilla,

pilvet ovat muodostamassa tarinaa

hän yritti hypätä,

kenenkään kanssa ikinä kilpailematta

Hän oli itselleen oma haasteensa

kolme kertaa hän oli kilpailemassa

ja ylitti itsensä

hänen oli riitettävä itselleen

hänen oli oltava kilpailija itselleen

ja niin se sitten olikin

ENGLISH:

The Prayer Rug

With the power of another World,

I borrow the moment

where remembrance and longing

are spun like a silk thread

for the Prayer Rug.

The Velvet Notebook

On the aquamarine velvet notebook,

a heavy Pen writes harshly

with blood instead of ink and

the straight letters for the curved world

Whom to Challenge

On the sky-wide dome,

clouds were forming the story

he tried to jump,

never competing with anyone

He himself was his own challenge

three times he competed

and exceeded himself

he himself was his to suffice

he himself was his counterpart,

and it remained so

Martyna Kokotkiewicz, PhD, specialized in the language, literature and culture of Finland and Hungary and Estonia. She has been teaching subjects connected to that area at the University of Poznań, Poland. Focusing mainly on modern Finnish literature, she is at the same time interested in the wider aspects of Uralic languages as a part of the Uralo-Altaic languge family. She has recently been extending her area of interest to the Indo-European languages, focusing mainly on Celtic languages and Albanian. Human rights activist, freelance reporter covering abuse of human rights and religious freedom.

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