Tag Archives: Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı

Memories

I wonder, memories, What you want from me, When spring comes? Why flap wings, Tap the window, O old memories? Do not imagine roses bloom, It is not the nightingale that sings, This is a different wind. What do you … Continue reading

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I Know a River

I know a river That quietly runs; Day-time sees the sun, Night-time, the stars. Spring on both sides, Rainbows, its bridges. Cahit Sıtkı Tarancı (1910-1956). Bir Nehir Bilirim. Translated from the Turkish.

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After Death

We died, with expectations from death. The spell was broken in a vast void. How could you not remember that song, Cluster of branches, feather, patch of sky. We were used to being alive. No longer any news from that … Continue reading

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Good News

It was birds who gave me the news, birds. Something is about to happen. The sun as we wish will rise, We humans will be full of smiles. At last, rivers will be in their beds, Wolves in their dens, … Continue reading

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Abbas

Come on Abbas, it’s time; You said evening, evening has come. Set the raki table; Let this heartache cease. Under the shade of the tree; Just by the pool. Send news to the moon to come out tonight; Let it … Continue reading

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Night Is an Effect

To a pitch-black palace colours have retired; Everything is equal now: It is night. Aligned are wells and minarets; Everything is either dwarf or giant. A sudden onslaught of waters to memory; What is beginning, or perhaps ending, is agony. … Continue reading

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Outside My Window May There Always Be Day

No say have I over the breaking day; Nor is there anyone to understand; Alas, death comes to mind; Then, this light, this garden, this bird. And to its Lord the heart says: No fear have I of the pain … Continue reading

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