Archive for December, 1986
Aphorisms from Pahojen henkien historia (‘A history of evil spirits’, 1986). Markku Envall’s essay on aphorism
Do not set out in the wrong mood, at the wrong moment, for the wrong place.
Learn to distinguish these from one another, for it is an impossible task.
Do not admit to changes in yourself, say rather that your associates vary.
And that your relationships are changeable. But do not say this of yourself.
Not knowing a person should not be regarded as sufficient reason for not making his acquaintance. More…
an evening like a sigh –
languidly spreading across the land.
The tree’s unclothing
its branches of their colours, darkening.
As if something somewhere
were ringing and ringing –
a song straying like an orphan.
The words seem
something I’ve heard:
‘only a shadow –
only a shadow of a dream’
It’s slipping away. It’s dwindling.
Everything – everything – I’ve been given
I’ll give away. More…