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 white pines,
big-leaf and star magnolias,
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
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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