Poem of the Week, week 34: Nils-Aslak Valkeapää "Unborn Reindeer Calf"

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unborn reindeer calf
unripe cloud berry
nursing calf

Kneel by the fire

All summer I tended bluethroats
and the falcons flew
cuckoos called

I became aware of fall
for the stars started to be visible
the moon shone clearer
and at night the fog covered the rivers

Nils-Aslak Valkeapää

Translated by Lars Nordström, Ralph Salisbury and Harald Gaski in Nordic Poetry Festival New York, 1993, p. 101.

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