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John The Baptist

John The Baptist (2022)

written by: Paula Puolakka


You told me that the pomegranate blossom only reminds you of
the 613 mitzvot,
and as the hermit son of the high priest,
you cannot walk with me.

I altered a part of the Song of Songs, telling you:
“Your lips are like a dead river bend;
your mouth is poisonous.”
You rolled your eyes and shook your head,
but you couldn’t find the words to scold me.

I left the flower on the rock, telling you:
tomorrow, the flower will be dead,
but – maybe – your heart will bloom
for a devotee, a poor woman like me.

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka

Paula Puolakka (born August 18, 1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) In 2019, The Finnish Reserve Officers' Federation gave her an honorable mention, honoring the academic legacy of Mr. Ludwig Wittgenstein & Mr. Theodore John Kaczynski. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Puolakka landed first and second in various writing contests and challenges. She was also given honorable mentions. In Dec 2020, the PhDs of Tampere University gave her appreciation: her academic article - celebrating her Master's thesis of 2012 and the academic legacy of Mr. Kaczynski & Mr. Wittgenstein - was published by Hybris. In April 2021, Puolakka won the second prize in the "Lahti, the European Green Capital 2021" writing competition. Her story celebrated "Teddy." In June, her interview was published by Penable. In Dec, she was interviewed by Fevers of the Mind. She also landed second in the writing contest held by Haloo Maaseutu (monitored by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport, and the Environment.) From Aug 2021 to Feb 2022, Puolakka was the representative of the City of Oulu.
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