Monthly Archives: December 2017

People go one way, Houses another, Not to meet again. Advertisements

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(Pieces)

I I am Ahmet, Mehmet or Durmuş, Sitting by the coast one evening; God is gone, leaving me alone, Down-and-out, helpless, weak. My direction lost in the night, my face indistinct; Either the End, I sink, or I’m born, the … Continue reading

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Down the Street from Atik-Valde

Before iftar*, I went to Atik-Valde**, The streets I’ve visited so often, today again Were quiet. Yet, with the piety of Ramadan, Stillness had turned to sweet anticipation. The fasting local residents, their faces lean, One by one were returning … Continue reading

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Solitary Evening

Wandering in the country one evening, Fairies lived everywhere, thought I. Looking with amazement at the wilderness, It was filled with the beauty of mystery, thought I. Mountains, rocks, walked with me, Shadows followed the trees, Everything, I believed, could … Continue reading

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The Island

Eleven years later. On the same chair. Morning, half six. Lesbos right in front of me, So close. Three villages on the hills. The island desolate, mostly. By the shore, an Ottoman castle, In tune with the bleak, beautiful surroundings. … Continue reading

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