from Kastelimme heitä runsaasti kahvilla (ntamo 2009)
by Timo Harju
From the sofa a voice was heard: "Suffer the old to come unto me, and forbid them not."
And on the second day: "Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as an old person shall in no wise enter therein. "
The old people’s home is the strange hand of God with which he strokes his thinning hair,
a sudden shower of cackling in the dry linen closet, a bit sad and lonely
God looks out, stirring his cup of tea as though it were on fire.
Had Jesus lived to grow old and gone into an old people’s home
He would have been like these.
translated from Finnish by David McDuff
See also in this blog:
The house of forgetting
The house of forgetting - 2
The house of forgetting - 3
The house of forgetting - 4
The house of forgetting - 5