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Chapter 2 – Umo ja Aiti

6 Sep

Hidden surprises

Under pillows in fancy boxes

Gifts from the motherland

Kind words that heal

I know it was difficult for you to learn

My debt to you

Is far beyond material

Sina ja mina

Parents of more than the those you bore

A lost child in a foreign land

Adopted by generosity

I understand more than you know

My only wish is that you understand me

You have become my Finland family

I want you to see

Through all the bad times

I am happy

You’ve given me more than just a home

And a warm bed

You’ve given me a new life in a new place

And you put a smile back on my face

The strength to write and start anew

I couldn’t have done these things without you

So you see, what I really want to say

Is kiitos

A family like yours is precious and few

And I know that you would say in return

Yes, thank you

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Chapter 2 – To Ninni, My Big Sister

2 Sep

I will not verse on your beauty

For surely it has, and will inspire

Many a poet to match in metaphor

That which the artist’s eye does seek

I shall not write about your generosity

Though it has been plentiful

And gratefully received

You’ve given freely without reserve

While I am able

To give you only these

Simple words, spoken softly

Attempting to appease

The bestial sea

Between us

Perhaps one day

Salt water will carry you back to me

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