Sleeping Amidst the Stars

The darkness that fell over the city
Saw a man in the street.
And took him
To where he lived.

After a brief rest,
He sat at the table.
They had their meal,
The mother took the child to bed.

The darkness that fell over the city,
At her bedside every night
Told tales to the child,
Who, on her own, was afraid.

Something strange happened that night:
The darkness reached the sky,
From the sky it took a star,
And brought it to the room.

The star revolved in the air,
Divided itself into many lights,
As coloured sparkles,
Cascaded over the child.

The child fell asleep right away,
In her sleep, she smiled.

Behçet Necatigil (1916-1979). Yıldızlarda Uyku. Translated from the Turkish.

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