Sunday, April 23, 2017

In a sorcery of forgetfulness

The photographs were taken on March 31st in Helsinki.

Yesterday we got a hail shower, and this morning it is snowing. Doesn't feel like spring, but I guess the snow will melt away within a couple of hours.

Yesterday was #marchforscience, drawing huge crowds. It was called The Dark Ages when we lived without science. Science trumps crazy twittlers.

(Posting title is from the poem Howl by Amy Newman.)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

He knows the facts, and that is that

The photograph was taken on March 30th.

I walked two hours this morning, exploring Timmermalmi nature protection area. A lot of birds were singing.

(Posting title is from the poem Differences of Opinion by Wendy Cope.)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Is there a difference I can make?

The photographs were taken on March 26th.

It rained during the night, and there was fog in the morning, but the roads got dry during the afternoon. So far this year I have got 1,768 km riding the bicycle.

(Posting title is from the song That's What Makes Us Great by Bruce Springsteen.)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

And soft captivity involves the mind

The photograph was taken on March 26th.

(Posting title is from the poem On Imagination by Phillis Wheatley.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A souvenir of having been here before

The photographs were taken on March 25th.

Today I rode the bicycle through the central park in Helsinki, enjoying the sight and smell of horses. In the morning it was cold, -6 °C, but it warmed up and in the afternoon we had +5 °C. This was the first time this year without the studded winter tires, and riding felt easy. I have been very pleased with the Marathon Winter tires: no punctures and no getting hurt due to falling.

(Posting title is from the poem Pantoum by Sasha Steensen.)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Of an imagined meridian

The photograph was taken on March 25th.

This morning I walked two hours in Nuuksio, circling around lake Kattilajärvi. Birds were singing, woodpeckers were knocking, and ice was moaning. It is spring.

Yesterday I changed summer tires to the car. One tire was stuck and it took a while to get it loose. Today I changed summer tires to the bicycle, doing some cleaning and repairs as well. The front tire is a bit worn, and I pondered whether I should replace it with a new tire, but I guess the old tire should last still for a couple of thousand kilometers.

(Posting title is from the poem The Waste Land by John Beer.)

Monday, April 17, 2017

I keep it all at a distance

The photographs were taken on March 21st.

It seems that everywhere one looks things are turning catastrophically bad: USA (Trump), UK (Brexit), Turkey (Erdogan), ... And there is nobody to blame but ourselves.

(Posting title is from the poem The Blooming of Sentimentality by Stephen Corey.)

Sunday, April 16, 2017

No happier task these faded eyes pursue

The photographs were taken at Tremanskärr on March 20th.

(Posting title is from the poem Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope.)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Yeah! It's a party in the USA!

The photographs were taken at Tremanskärr on March 20th.

This morning I walked for two hours at Oittaa, visiting lake Sorlampi. It was rather cold for Easter, -4 °C.

Once again I'm a bit afraid to check what has happened in the USA. Poisoning the environment, destroying education, killing healthcare, dropping bombs... What next?

(Posting title is from the song Party In The USA by Miley Cyrus.)

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ribbon layers of attention

The photograph was taken on March 20th at Tremanskärr.

During the night the temperature dropped to -5 °C, and the ground was a little bit frozen when I went for a walk, enjoying the sunshine early in the morning.

(Posting title is from the poem He is pruning the privet by Joanne Kyger.)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Can you see me smiling at you

The photographs were taken on March 20th at Tremanskärr.

This morning there was half a cm of snow on the ground, and it felt like winter. The snow melted soon, and it felt like spring.

In four days I have got over 8 hours of exercise. And so far this year I have got 1,666 km riding the bicycle.

(Posting title is from the song Fly On Juri Gagarin by Miljoonasade.)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

So you look

The photograph was taken on March 20th at Tremanskärr.

I got over 2 1/2 hours of exercise today. In the morning it was -2 °C, and 6 °C in the afternoon. I have five different pairs of gloves for riding the bicycle, and in the morning I should have used gloves for even colder weather.

I have been riding the bicycle along the paths in the central park in Helsinki. The paths start to be mostly in quite good condition, not so wet anymore. Seeing horses while commuting is always a pleasure.

Today I submitted corrections to the pre-completed tax return. One can do it online in Finland, and it was once again easier than I thought it would be. Almost a pleasure.

(Posting title is from the poem A Talk with a Tax Collector by Vladimir Mayakovsky.)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

In the overcast and sunlight of my mind

The photographs were taken on March 18th.

More and more spring flowers are to be seen. There has been both rain and sunshine.

(Posting title is from the poem A Blind Fisherman by Stanley Moss.)

Monday, April 10, 2017

There I couch when owls do cry

The photograph was taken on March 18th.

I changed tires to my daughters' bicycles today. My own bicycle still has studded winter tires, and I'll wait until Easter to change.

(Posting title is from the song “Where the bee sucks, there suck I” by William Shakespeare.)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Showed us what seeds to sow

The photographs were taken in Petikko on March 12th, walking across the frozen snow.

Today I visited Petikko once again. There were plenty of signs of spring. Hepatica is in flower, and leaf buds are green.

Municipal elections will be held in Finland today. I voted in advance already.

(Posting title is from the poem Posterity, this me is Now by Dan Beachy-Quick.)

Saturday, April 8, 2017

From my face

The photograph was taken on March 11th.

This morning I walked for two hours at Tremanskärr. The swamp is partly melted, but some ice and snow still remain. Lake Kurkijärvi was covered by ice, but it is starting to be quite thin and weak.

(Posting title is from the poem The Liar by Amiri Baraka.)

Friday, April 7, 2017

And here, on either eye

The photographs were taken on March 11th.

(Posting title is from the poem The Liar by James Stephens.)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

We prefer to shut our own eyes

The photographs were taken on March 8th in Helsinki.

(Posting title is from the poem Cancer, or, The Crab by Joseph Gordon Macleod.)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Still thaw pity from my eyes

The photograph was taken on March 8th in Helsinki.

Now that the streets have been cleared of gravel and dirt the brake pads in the bicycle are wearing much less slowly. Yesterday I checked the tire pressure, and it had slipped to 4 bar.

China's President Xi Jinping began today his state visit of Finland, and will remain until Thursday. Then he will fly to Mar-a-Lago, Florida, to meet Donald Trump. I wonder how that visit will succeed. Here in Finland things seem run smoothly and friendly.

(Posting title is from the poem Matrilineal Descent by Robin Morgan.)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A liar is a liar is a liar. That’s his act.

The photographs were taken in Nuuksio on March 5th.

(Posting title is from the poem On Reading John Hollander’s Poem “Breadth. Circle. Desert. Monarch. Month. Wisdom. (for which there are no rhymes)“ by George Starbuck.)

Monday, April 3, 2017

And their eyes would soften with the memory

The photographs were taken at lake Lummukas in Nuuksio on March 5th.

(Posting title is from the poem Liar by Charlie Smith.)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

I, that am blind, cry out against my blindness

The photographs were taken on March 4th.

The current executive branch of the US government seems to be deeply corrupted, but there is still a long way to go to the bottom, the level of Somalia, South Sudan or North Korea. Finland has been among the half a dozen least corrupt countries in the world, and I hope this continues, even though there are some worrying signs of a worsening situation.

(Posting title is from the poem Why I Voted the Socialist Ticket by Vachel Lindsay.)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I walk for a long time and try to conjure

The photograph was taken in Helsinki on March 1st.

This morning I walked for two hours, exploring Timmermalmi nature protection area. I saw half a dozen swans flying, and listened to birds singing.

(Posting title is from the poem Last by Donald Revell.)

Friday, March 31, 2017

Nothing can make the dark turn into light

The photographs were taken on March 1st in Helsinki.

We got 5 cm of snow today. The landscape was quite different in the morning, but most of the snow has already melted.

(Posting title is from the poem A Poem for the Cruel Majority by Jerome Rothenberg.)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

He looks with eyes of spy planes

The photograph was taken in Tikkurila on March 1st.

So far this year I have got 1,394 km riding the bicycle. This week I commuted by bicycle on four days, but tomorrow I'm planning to take a rest day. There will be snowfall, up to 5 cm, and that will make road conditions challenging.

Municipal elections will be held in Finland on April 9th, and advance voting has started. I have selected my candidate. She is younger than me, and knows a lot about education.

(Posting title is from the poem Univac by John Tipton.)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Peel your own image from the mirror

The photograph was taken on February 25th in Meiko.

I commuted by bicycle and went through the central park in Helsinki both in the morning and in the afternoon. In the morning the path was frozen, but in the afternoon the path had started to melt and was quite soft in some places, which meant heavier going.

(Posting title is from the poem Love After Love Poem by Derek Walcott.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Can show through

The photographs were taken on February 25th in Meiko.

This morning I commuted by bicycle once again through the central park in Helsinki. There start to be more people riding the bicycle. It has been dry and sunny.

(Posting title is from the song Behind Blue Eyes by The Who.)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Staring at the misinformation on the wall

The photograph was taken on February 25th in Meiko.

Today I commuted by bicycle through the central park in Helsinki, first time this year. Early in the morning it was quiet. There was some ice on the path in shadowed spots, and the ground had frozen during the night so it was easy going.

Last weekend I visited the local IKEA store. That reminded me of a Trump joke: "I've seen smarter cabinets at IKEA."

(Posting title is from the poem Head of Anahit/British Museum by Peter Balakian.)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

My place is in the pause between

The photographs were taken in Meiko on February 25th.

Earlier I wrote about the worst presidents of the United States, mentioning James Buchanan. Apparently he may be a relevant comparison to Trump after all, because the GOP seems to be on the brink of civil war. It is a terrible performance, and I'm feeling sad beholding a government of zombies without brains or hearts.

(Posting title is from the poem Sunday by Cynthia Zarin.)