“My hat”

By Henry Parland 1908–1930 Henry Parland

Translated By Johannes Göransson

My hat
was run over
by a trolley
This morning
my coat took a walk
to some place
far away.
This afternoon
my shoes
happened to get assassinated.
— I’m still here?
that’s just
i t.

NOTES: This poem originally appeared in "Poetry Not Written for Children that Children Might Nevertheless Enjoy," by Lemony Snicket.

“My hat” is reprinted by permission of Ugly Duckling Presse.

Source: Poetry (September 2013).


This poem originally appeared in the September 2013 issue of Poetry magazine

September 2013


Finnish modernist Henry Parland was a Swedish-language poet, novelist, and essayist. Born in 1908 in Vyborg, he spent his early youth in St. Petersburg and Kiev, speaking Russian in school and German at home. At the time of the Russian Revolution, he moved to Helsinki with his family, where he attended a Finnish school, a Swedish school, and finally the University of Helsinki. Parland was associated with the avant-garde in . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION Scandinavia

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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