Silent Boat

If the day has come to weigh anchor from time,
A boat leaves the port to set out for the unknown.
As if no passengers on board, it silently moves,
No waving of handkerchiefs or hands.
Those left on the shore are lamenting the journey,
They look at the dark horizon for days, tears in their eyes.
This is not the last boat, poor souls!
Nor is it the last mourning in this sorrowful life!
The lovers and the loved of the world wait in vain,
Unaware that loved ones will not return.
Many of the departed, where they are, must be happy,
Many years have gone by, no one has returned from their journey.

Yahya Kemal Beyatlı (1884-1958). Sessiz Gemi. Translated from the Turkish.

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