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           The FINNISH READING ROOM is the
 name of my primitive cabin in northwestern
 Wisconsin. I named it because of my Finnish
 heritage -- my father's father, Levi,came 
 from Finland and settled in Lake Norden,
 SD and operated a slaughter house/meat
 market. My other grandfather came from 
 Sweden and had an International
 Harvester dealership and an Our Own 
 Hardware franchise. They bought the first
 lots on main street in Lake Norden.
 
 On these pages I intend to place some
 poems I have written, and add some
 favorites from Finnish writers I have
 discovered. I hope anyone who has discovered
 other Finnish writers will contact me and 
 share their favorites.


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Finnish Poems will be added here later!

The following poems are by Lee Bajuniemi (1941-    )

PATTERNS

sometimes in a pattern
something follows something
that was the same
so you know
what it really was
and can go back to it

sometimes you can find
more patterns than you
really want to
know about

then they might
remind
disturb
and even
embarrass

so accept whatever patterns
you discover then choose
your favorites to
cultivate and nourish

let all the 
others
go


IMPORTANCES

It is important
to find out
what parts
of your life
you'd miss

so go away
long enough
to start to
miss
people
things
events
places

and you will
begin to know your
needs
values
wishes
treasures

one thing 
you find out
is that
most of
what you first miss
is
tangible & sensory

then you see
that the
feelings
ideas
memories
&
relationships

are what you

have with you
wherever you go
so
no-one
no-thing
can erase them
or
ever take them
away from
you


PLACES

some places

are
farther away
in time
than space

other places
from
long ago
can be
retrieved
in full color
memory
immediately
warm & intense

a new place
won't replace
an old place
automatically

they get compared
quickly
for clues about
what's 
safe & satisfying

personal secret places
are unknown to others
like
alleys
bridges
cafes
destinations
zooz

bus stops
black forests
corn fields
railroad tracks
river banks
sandy beaches
tree houses

becoming favorite
from 
familiar frequency

places make us
lucky
in their differences
so we notice
and 
don't lose
their specialness

when later we can't
get there anymore
places
don't require

alphabetical

remembering




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Lee Bajuniemi

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Box 8194
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States