Paul-Eerik Rummo

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Poet, translator and playwright Paul-Eerik Rummo was born in 1942 in Tallinn, Estonia, as a son of the writer Paul Rummo, and by education is an Estonian philologist from Tartu University. He has worked as a literary editor in the theatre and the culture consultant at the State Chancellery. In the Republic of Estonia he has been the Minister of Culture and Education and the Minister for Population Affairs, and a member of Parliament.

Paul-Eerik Rummo Poems

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***[To be a landscape, to be a majestic landscape]

TO BE A LANDSCAPE, TO BE A MAJESTIC LANDSCAPE
on the drumlin topped with firs that froth with cones;
a snow-white landscape, with veins like the wind's footsteps,
to be a landscape, a noble landscape crossed
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Still thinking of Liiv

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Or — maybe he never existed at all?!
Maybe there was only
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The world did not invade my soul, it seeped into it

The world did not invade my soul, it seeped into it
it did not break into my heart, it ate into it.
It spent long wakeful nights in the corner of my room,
a radiance round its head like a halo.
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4.
WHY I DON'T ESCAPE ABROAD

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To love (I mean: to be able
to be weak and wholly wholly
indifferent, whatever comes),
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Again again again again again

Again again again again again
As soon as I close my eyes
it happens once more
What a beekeeper once told me
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