“Spring” in Helsinki

5 Apr

“Spring” in Finland

I took these photos last Saturday night around 8 pm at the harbor. Though the air is still frosty and the Gulf of Finland is still a big pool of icy slush, we are enjoying more and more daylight here in Helsinki. This morning the sun rose around 6:30 AM and the sun will set a little after 8 PM–that’s about thirteen and a half hours of daylight!

Spring is like a perhaps hand

by E. E. Cummings

 

III

 

Spring is like a perhaps hand

(which comes carefully

out of Nowhere)arranging

a window,into which people look(while

people stare

arranging and changing placing

carefully there a strange

thing and a known thing here)and

 

changing everything carefully

 

spring is like a perhaps

Hand in a window

(carefully to

and fro moving New and

Old things,while

people stare carefully

moving a perhaps

fraction of flower here placing

an inch of air there)and

 

without breaking anything.

 

[source]

Copyright 1923, 1925, 1951, 1953, © 1991 by the Trustees for the E. E. Cummings Trust. Copyright © 1976 by George J. Firmage. From The Complete Poems: 1904-1962 by E. E. Cummings, Edited by George J. Firmage.
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15 Responses to ““Spring” in Helsinki”

  1. datr3128 April 5, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    “There is a midsummer. There is a midwinter. But there is no midspring or midautumn. These are the seasons of constant change. Like dawn and dusk, they are periods of transition. But like night and day and day and night, they merge slowly, gradually…only on calendars and in almanacs are the lines of division sharply defined.”
    -Edwin Way Teale

    • hellosinki April 5, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

      I have never thought about the fact that there is no midspring or midautumn. Nice quote!

      In all fairness, I should add that today was a beautiful day in Helsinki. Lots of sunshine and it is surprisingly warm outside!

  2. anon April 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like banana.

    • datr3128 April 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm #

      damn, anon! even your jokes are serious! : )

      • hellosinki April 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

        You know each other?

      • anon April 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

        What can I say?
        They removed the humor when it was found.

    • hellosinki April 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

      Thank you for your comment…groucho marx?

      • datr3128 April 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

        no one really knows anon, but a very, very smart person, always with good information and informed views. forever, anon.

      • anon April 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

        I don’t think it has been confirmed.

      • hellosinki April 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

        Does someone confirm the passing of the seasons? In America, we have a groundhog…

      • datr3128 April 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

        only in America can there be a day celebrated for the sake of a rodent named Punxsutawney Phil, whereas in Finland, there are days dedicated to poets. what a countries.

      • hellosinki April 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

        I know! I think it’s sort of sad that America does not have any holidays to celebrate any of our poets or authors!

  3. Late April 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Starting to feel like spring now. The temperatures are above freezing even during the night, so the snow should disappear pretty fast. I think we’ve had enough of that stuff this winter. 🙂

    Here’s a Finnish proverb for those who are waiting for the summer:

    Kuu kiurusta kesään,
    puoli kuuta peipposesta,
    västäräkistä vähäsen,
    pääskysestä ei päivääkään.

    Translation:
    A month from a skylark,
    a half from a finch,
    a little from a wagtail
    and not a day from a swallow.

    BTW Skylarks are here already

    • hellosinki April 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

      Today we had lots of sunshine! It made up for yesterday’s dreariness… thank you for the lovely proverb.

  4. datr3128 April 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    the smartest people are typically the funniest, though dry as a desert breeze.

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