A Poem by Nils Aslak Valkeapää

I do not own the copyright to the following poem.

It was written by Nils Aslak Valkeapää (1943-2001), a prominent Sámi writer, visual artist and creator and performer of yoiku music also known as Áillohaš. Below is a poem from his book, Trekways of the Wind.

For a moment I was with you
rested for a while

And now my friend, my dear bird
it is time to leave again
It is always like that towards the end

And I take out the white reindeer fur coat
not so new any more
but not worn either
And I take out the mottled fur shoes
new shoe strings
nice dark fur leggings
the silver belt the gákti
the silk scarf the cap
the fur gloves
And the food pack

I leave
to arrive
go away
to be closer

To the space of your thoughts
to your heart
I crawl
into the heart

I journey
on the sea of time
follow
the tracks of the wind

7 thoughts on “A Poem by Nils Aslak Valkeapää

    1. Unfortunately, his work is out of print and he’s deceased. I’d love access to more of it, because it resonates with me (what I’ve read), but I have a hard time paying hundreds of dollars for a short book of poetry.

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  1. This is a beautiful poem, and not a poet with whom I’m familiar.
    Not that long ago we went to an exhibition of work by the Sami textile artist Britta Marakatt-Labba – amazing work.
    Thanks for sharing this.

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    1. I’ll have to check her work out. I’d not run across Nils writing before, but stumbled upon it while researching other things and it struck me.

      Thanks for giving me something else to follow down the rabbit hole on. 😁

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