Category Archives: Poetry

Where?

Open sea, Two chairs on the sand. Your hair, wet; mine dry, can’t be. We laugh. The sea, your feet; no, the waves. Moonlight; daylight. Let’s go! Where? Swim. We do… Advertisements

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A New Day

Heavy as lead, My eyes opened slowly this morning. Hello world. Dove at my window, wooden table, empty bottles, My dear dog Çomar, hello. Sweet neighbour Ayşe teyze*, Retired teacher Salih, friends, A new day is born. Hello. It’s freezing … Continue reading

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Yellow Van

Are you in the air, little yellow van? Or are you on a bridge as thin as a hair? Weren’t you beneath the sea blue? Out now, how come? The sky, orange and red; Dove grey and violet, the earth. … Continue reading

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Waters of Sleep

In the foam of the last ebbing wave The cave of tales suddenly unlocks, Set aflame, shining in the half light, Fish swim in waters of sleep. Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar (1901-1962). Uyku Sularında. Translated from the Turkish.

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Two Trees Alone

By a strange waterside, two trees; Young, lively, kindly… They have something to say; but Stay always silent – dead or alive. Yet after sunset, towards the stars The way they sway Crystal clear Is what they have to say … Continue reading

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Serenade

From your green window throw me a rose, For my heart to fill with light. Like a season I came to your door, Clouds in my eyes, dew on my hair. You are a flowering rose, With my love, I … Continue reading

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Moon

As nature falls asleep, A silvery light appears in deep waters. Behind the dark, lonely hills, The moon slowly rises, Life re-emerges, Moonlight comes ashore. On cold and calm winter nights, The moon is blind, Imprisoned behind clouds. With its … Continue reading

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