The Old Roads Grow Bosky

by Niillas Holmberg


The Old Roads Grow Bosky

Just as I was about to leave
a raven settled on the rooftop

 

after a while I made it to the road

a Siberian tit landed
on the topmost branches of a birch

 

then I jumped on a bus
the driver turned on the radio

and I got shat on by a cuckoo

finally I got here
let’s see if you really mean it

or have you been eating magpies’ eggs

 

Eating Magpie’s eggs is a proverb in Northern Sámi meaning lying or speaking out of turn. 

Álo dat lottit

Áigon duvle njáhkalit geainn’ ala

muhto reastalasas čohkkái garjá

 

gieskat juo geaidnogurrii guivásin

muhto gaccepaš
skivvehii soahkegierragii

 

eske fas bussii buvttehin
muhto vuoddji rabastii rádio
ja mun mátkkálaš gihkii luhččehallen

 

viimmat de jovden
dál leš oaidnit oaivvilditgo

vai ledjetgo ribahan borastit skiremoniid