Boat Asleep at the Pier

Boat asleep at the pier,
Do you remember the open sea,
The strong waves, the weeds,
The murmur of the sea…

One morning,
Call us, eternity,
Weigh your anchor, boat, instantly,
To start the lovely journey.

If like sails torn,
With the open sea, we could be alone,
And fall asleep
In the coolness of dawn.

Boat asleep at the pier,
The open sea, do you remember,
Those gone who did not return
Those who waited in vain…

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1901-1962). Rıhtımda Uyuyan Gemi. Translated from the Turkish.

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