Uuno Kailas

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Uuno Kailas (1901-1933)

Uuno Kailas, born Frans Uno Salonen (29 March 1901 – 22 March 1933) was a Finnish poet, author, and translator.


  • There are lots of words -
the words are alive
and I can see them.
Some are ugly and others are beautiful.
Mother is a very sweet word - the best word.
It tastes very much like a little kiss.
Father is a nice word too,
but sometimes thunder gathers in it
and then you'd better sneak behind the door to hide.
  • Uuno Kailas, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas (trans) "The words," (original title "Runoja," 1932); in: Tove Skutnabb-Kangas. Bilingualism Or Not: The Education of Minorities. 1981, p. 43
  • The border cracks open facing Asia and the East.
With the West and Europe behind me,
I, the guard, protect it.
  • Uuno Kailas, cited in: Mikael af Malmborg, ‎Bo Stråth (2002), The Meaning of Europe, p. 157

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