Poetry: The Dirt Roads of Summer by Paula Puolakka


Paula Puolakka (1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas) who has won poetry and short story contests held in the USA and Israel. In April 2019, her long essay concerning the problems with technology and the invisible warfare was given credit by The Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation and in June 2019, Puolakka’s poem was given an honorable mention by Tiny Spoon Literary Magazine. Her work can be found through Poetry Potion. Puolakka has also been judging a few small writing contests in Finland.

To learn more, please go to: https://refiction.com/community/2019-01-10-paula-puolakka/


The Dirt Roads of Summer


Still, at the beginning of the 20th century

the dirt roads of the “East Sea”

were surrounded by

smooth Japanese maples,

Japanese yews,

shore junipers,

Japanese larches,

Japanese white pines,

big-leaf and star magnolias,

spice bushes,

Japanese walnuts

among many other trees that had gained the ripe age of

1500 or so.


That was a hundred years ago

which is a blink of an eye

in human history.

Where are the “trees of life” now?

What is the nature of the mind of those who say they walk the way

of Shintō?

The concrete buildings and the paved roads vibrate death,

and in their dusty character, the dirt roads of summer were better

than their tainted followers hailing winter’s breath.


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