VII

 

Back then it was midsummer

we were lighting up the sauna in Kustavi

meanwhile somewhere else

thirteen boys got lost in a cave

 

rainstorm

and flood

 

We packed the car

and tidied up the cabin

so no one would get the chance to say:

young people these days

can’t handle it

 

rainstorm

and flood

elsewhere

 

We read about the submarine of Tesla

and laughed, how even a rescue mission

can be a competition

then a squeeze in the chest

what a dreadful thought

 

Perhaps it’s easier to relate

how it feels to be in the dark

cramped and cold

for two weeks

 

than to the Pacific Ocean taking over

some atoll state

(Tuamotu, Kiribati,

Nauru, Tuvalu, Niue)

which we’re not able to name

at least

I’m not able

 

rainstorm elsewhere

 

And in the area of Kvarken

land can rise up to a centimeter in a year

so it’s not like we’re on a hurry

 

sea elsewhere

sea rises elsewhere

 

Life doesn’t have a price

of course the boys needed to be fetched

after all two divers passed away

and Mikko got an invitation to the Independence Day Reception

 

still can’t help but wonder

it must have been easier

than trying to control

the uncontrollable

 

sea rises elsewhere

sea rises elsewhere

 

Human

can do miracles

but for some reason it can’t see the difference

between blue-green algae and pollen

 

doesn’t know how to be afraid of flooding water

water stratification

disappearing of kelps and corals

melting of glaciers and permafrost

 

doesn’t know how to be afraid

of the sea rising elsewhere

 

Back then it was midsummer

we were lighting up the sauna in Kustavi

meanwhile somewhere else

thirteen boys got lost in a cave