Utopias, Part IX
with all state power!
it among the people,
Distribute it to the townships,
for tomorrow’s generation.
the soil of the earth
The seeds to sprout
trees to spread their branches.
birds in these branches
to strike up their harmonies.
with earth-moving tractors
of this dark nation’s
to laugh again,
To sing their own songs,
grip their hands and toes,
To hear their own sobbing.
wet the earth with their tears,
To nourish and to cherish,
love and make love,
To lay a good foundation.
Published in its original Finnish in Heidi Komulainen’s blog
column in the online newspaper Kansan Uutiset on Jan. 1, 2010.
English translation by Harry Siitonen, Berkeley, CA, Jan.
Who is Heidi Komulainen?
26, is a graduate student living in Kuopio, Finland, where she is studying for
a masters degree at the University of Kuopio. She has a bachelor’s degree in
sociology from the University of Stockholm. A native of Jarna, Sweden, she has
lived in both Finland and Sweden. Single, she is a member of Finland’s Left
Alliance Party, which she represents on the Kuopio City Council. She is also
active in the Left Alliance women’s and youth organizations.
herself as a “petite and otherwise meticulous woman. The hippie lifestyle,
feminism, and socialism melt the heart in discussing them.”