Tuesday, December 23, 2014

[Christmas Calendar] Day 23: Uuden Ajan Merkit


Cruising through branches
a bird finds the nest empty
of feathers, just leaves.




Vanhat ennustukset ovat jälleen käyneet toteen
Napapisteet vaihtaneet paikkaa
Kompassineulakin pysähtynyt paikalleen keskelle kehäänsä
neula yrittää paikantaa uutta pohjoista pistettään

Uuden ajan merkit tänään ilmassa
Uuden ajan merkit näkyvät jo taivaalla
Uuden ajan merkit ennustettiin vuosia sitten
kun kaikki sateenkaaret katosivat sateen jälkeen

Lintuparvet lentävät, ovat kadottaneet suunnat
vanhojen muuttoreittien
Lentävät kohti etelää siivet ylösalaisin, kylmyyttä pakoon
kunnes putoilevat maahan sulat jäätyneinä

Uuden ajan merkit näkyvät nyt taivaalla
Uuden ajan merkit tänään ilmassa
Uuden ajan merkit ennustettiin vuosia sitten
kun kaikki sateenkaaret katosivat sateen jälkeen

Järven ranta vetäytynyt kauas ulapalle
Merivesi tulvii kaupungin kaduille
Tuulet ovat kääntyneinä suoraan pystysuuntaan
Poutapilvet pudonneina alas maan pintaan

Uuden ajan merkit tänään ilmassa
Uuden ajan merkit putoavat taivaalta


(Photo and poem © 2014 Joona Turunen. Licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.)
("Uuden Ajan Merkit" by Brüssel Kaupallinen. Lyrics & music by Juha-Pekka Aunola, Janne Helttunen, 
Petteri Korkala & Antti Leiviskä. © & ℗ 2014 Stop The Building.)

1 comment:

Joona said...

We'll start with a translation of the lyrics for the song. I did this myself in a hurry, sorry about any mistakes.

"The old predictions have come true once again
The polar points have shifted places
The compass needle has stopped in the middle of its circle, too
The needle attemps to pinpoint its new northern point

Signs of the new era in the air today
Signs of the new era already visible in the sky
Signs of the new era were predicted years ago
when all the rainbows disappeared after the rain

Flocks of birds are flying, they've lost their direction
of the old migration routes
They're flying towards the South with their wings upside down, to escape the coldness
until they fall to the ground with their feathers frozen

Signs of the new era are now visible in the sky
Signs of the new era in the air today
Signs of the new era were predicted years ago
when all the rainbows disappeared after the rain

The shore of the lake has retreated far to the open water
Sea water is flooding to the streets of the city
The winds have turned straight to vertical
The sunny clouds have fallen down to the surface of the ground

Signs of the new era in the air today
Signs of the new era falling from the sky"

The track is from the brand new studio album by Brüssel Kaupallinen called Murheenkruunu. Check it out, since these guys are underrated as hell. Altogether this is the last environmental entry in this year's calendar. Together the song, this photo I took just a few weeks ago in Jyväskylä and my poem of the day (the third haiku I've ever done) are about a time of change and its potential to feel extremely excruciating, even chaotic. So, this time nature serves as more of a metaphor than the actual main theme.