A sound at night wakes me,
I shiver: — Where are you?
Searching for it for years,
I am in love with this sound that calls.
It drags me aimlessly at times,
Merging with winds, disappears.
Follows me sometimes,
Crying suddenly: — Where are you?
Love, I threw it all away,
Only to it all my being I gave.
If deep from inside one day,
If only one day it would say,“Come”, to me.
Ahmet Kutsi Tecer (1901-1967). Nerdesin. Translated from the Turkish