A Lesson from an Ancestor

by Niillas Holmberg


A Lesson from an Ancestor

It’s helpful to tell your dreams

to dying people

 

my great great grandfather

heard of my desire to get on

he called me up
but I didn’t answer the phone

and called him back on Skype

because it’s cheaper

 

come winter
you must ski to stay warm
keep skiing on the mild days too

don’t leave traces
ski wherever you want
but don’t leave traces
when the snow starts to melt
go to the lakefront
burn the skis and ski pole

sprinkle the ashes to the wind

and walk into the flooded ice

 

ok, granddad
but these days
we ski with two poles 

Máttu oahpus

Gánneha muitalit nieguidis

jámadeaddji olbmuide

 

máttarmáttaráddján lei gullan

ahte áiggošin menestuvvat

deh de skillalahtii
deaddilin ruoksada

ja riŋgestin sutnje Skaippas

vai suittášin háleštit

 

go dálvá
galggat čuoigalit vai bivat

ále bisán vaikke bivaldivččii

ále luottastala
čuoigga gosa áiggožat

muhto ále luottastala
go bievladielkkut ihtigohtet

čuoigga jávregáddái

boaldde sabehiid ja soappi

botkal gunaid biggii
ja vácce suddái

 

ok, áddjá
muhto dán áigge
olbmot čuiget guvttiin soppiin