On Independence

This year marks the centenary of Finland’s independence. So, in keeping with the celebratory mood, I’ve compiled a list of top 10 things I love about my second home.

And so here they are, in no particular order:

  • Silence is fun
  • Education is a right, not a privilege
  • Sauna
  • Safe and peaceful
  • Finnish cuisine; a gift from nature
  • Friendships are genuine
  • Finns live outdoors, there’s no such thing as bad weather here
  • Gender equality
  • Winter is a fairy tale
  • Nature; a poem


    This list doesn’t even begin to express how I love my life here. But, but…I’ve been putting together more thoughts, observations and gratitude in a language I know how – poetry.

    A chapbook containing 10 pieces will hopefully be available (in limited edition) early next year. I wanted it to coincide with the celebrations but I unfortunately missed the deadline.

    I hear you ask, “How can you miss a deadline? What kind of a writer are you?” Well, because I receive a “bribe” every month so that I can forget my dream of becoming a full-time writer. 🙂

    Last but not least, Happy Independence Day to my Finnish family and friends!

  • Discovering

    “I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.” ~ Robert Frost

    Everyday for me is a discovery. I think it’s fair to say nobody knows how a day will end, much like writing poetry for me. I guess that’s what makes life interesting and writing compulsive. But the act of discovering: to dig deep and reach for those dark corners, to peel away protective coverings, to take off the armour and be vulnerable, whilst hiding the amount of sweat it takes to make it all seem effortless, can be daunting and downright scary.

    Staying in the comfort zone and be safe is not an option either. The desire to find meaning from trivial to the most profound compels me to keep on unearthing. So, thanks to Magaly Guerrero for hosting Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month challenge. It’s been challenging but exciting to immerse myself in darkness, and to find out that dark is beautiful; a frightening magic.

    Thanks to you all wicked darling participants for inspiration (through your work and art forms) and encouragement as I push my boundaries. A big thank you to all readers of my blog for comments and show of support as I keep discovering.

    In May, the sun shines. I’ll be courting the lake to win the favour of birds.

    Thanks piratepatty too for inviting me along the quote challenge. If you are a book lover, please do visit her blog, you’ll find a lot of helpful book reviews.

    Sweet Sunrise

    fresh and delicious
    sunrise an icing.

    A mended joint
    slides on skis.

    Compass points north
    where a woodpecker complains
    at frosted trees.

    the Sun Goddess is back
    she brings Freya along
    the living ready to multiply,
    we renew our vows.

    Sing oh, you tits!
    Join in you finch

    before the crow
    gatecrashes the party,

    for the old man is packing.