A Rose in This Darkness

A rose, in this darkness,
To stillness offers itself,
Like a coral wine glass
Through the alley of time.

At the helm of this miracle,
Sounds, scents and colours,
Which profound, remote
Dream is awaited, I wonder.

A voice clearer than dawn
Making the night more tender,
Shivers ,
“Here are all your tears!

Let this hopeless plea
Not be quenched
By fruits or fountains
Nor by the flow of days!

Wouldn’t it be enough for you, the good news,
If your brow I illumine,
I, the caravan of stars
That moves all dreams to time!”

Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1901-1962). Bir Gül Bu Karanlıklarda. Translated from the Turkish.

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