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We Used to Live in Pit-Houses by Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka | May 9th, 2019 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Considering, that the people of North and South America,
Anglo-Saxons, and the Jōmon people of Japan
for instance
used to live in pit-houses
or as the German name is Grubenhaus,
the only reason for the modern cities
and the lunatic building operations
lies in pure greed, envy, and lust for power.

People don’t need much,
but we are subjected to the idea
that there is always more to desire
and if you come up with an idea,
you can’t just let it be…
Or can you?

When an earthquake hits
or when wildfires blaze
we are all in the same boat
– broken and vulnerable –
but oh, so many forget about the facts of life
when the long era of peace and quiet
has made them focused on secondary
things like the new kitchen sinks and trendy wallpapers
and the rich tend to act like they are gods
next to the poor who have no time to think about
decoration when it’s hard to keep the roof over their heads.

Poet Bio

Paula Puolakka is a writer, Beat poet, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) In March 2019, she was awarded the second prize in Dreamers & MLK poetry contest (NC, USA.) In April 2019, her long essay was given an honorable mention in the competition held by The Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation (in Pohjois-Savo) and her short essay was one of the winning stories in the contest held by Single Parents Association under the 2019 parliamentary elections in Finland. In 2017 and 2018, Puolakka landed first and second in the short story competitions held by Re:fiction (Israel) and Literative (USA.)

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