I will write a thing and
Declare what I have done
I have read the Kalevala
49 cantos I have read
50 was the number of the cantos
My Mother spoke a thing and declared thus
“You cannot read the Kalevala” she said
“Such a reading is not for you.
Read the books of your home.
Not old tales of northern lands.”
I replied to her and spoke thus, I said
“I will read the Kalevala,
The great epic of Finland.
I will read the words off the pages,
Read the pages out of the book.”
I read one page, I read two pages.
I read steady old Vainamoinen
Old man of calm waters.
I read wanton Lemminkainen
Him the Fair Farmind.
I read the forging of the Sampo
By the smith Ilmarinen
The everlasting craftsman.
All the way to Marjatta
And the birth of her child
My Mother put this into words and spoke thus,
She declared, she chatted.
“I have spotted a fraud!
You have not read all these pages”
I answered her and spoke thus,
“Oh, woe is me, a luckless boy,
I read 67 pages and gave up.
I got as far as young Joukahainen
Shooting Vainamoinen’s horse.
Then I downloaded the book from Audible.
Based on oral tradition it was,
So an audio book seemed appropriate.
Read by the translator, Keith Bosley,
It is not bad if Medieval lit you enjoy
Or are curious about Tolkien’s influences.”