Saima Harmaja

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Saima Rauha Maria Harmaja (May 8, 1913, Helsinki – April 21, 1937) was a Finnish poet and writer. She is known for her tragic life and early death, which are reflected in her sensitive poems.

Quotes[edit]

  • Nyt varjo vain
    on edessäni elon matka.
    Ja takanain
    on tuskan tie, se jot’ en jatka.

    Mun takanain
    on kevät alla julman kirren.
    Sen elää sain,
    sain kynnykselle suvivirren.

    Sen mukanaan
    vei käsi kallis, kylmentyvä.
    Nyt suven maan
    nään sydämessä hauta syvä.

    • Now but a shade
      ahead on my life’s course will languish.
      Behind is laid
      my now abandoned way of anguish.

      Behind me lies
      the spring beneath its cruel icing.
      It life supplies –
      to summer verses’ door enticing.

      It’s taken me,
      this chilling hand that yet I cherish.
      And now I see
      in summer’s heart that I must perish.

    • A poem from the collection “Hunnutettu” (“Veiled”), translation by Rupert Moreton (1936)

External links[edit]

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