Time in the corner, sneaky like an insect,
Keeps chewing the chairs’ velvet.
Inside the lamps, shines the eye of a treacherous cat.
As sinister mouths icily breath out,
Prolonging as a curse their sound,
The clock is growling on the wall in the throes of death.
Halit Fahri Ozansoy (1891-1971). Dedikodu. Translated from the Turkish.