Tag Archives: Orhan Veli

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Seas we have, in sunshine; Trees in leaf; We move between them, To and fro, day and night, In want. Orhan Veli (1914-1950). İçinde. Translated from the Turkish.

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Bread

On the tip of my tongue, the name of an old friend, Forgotten forms carried by clouds; With the vastness of sky filling my soul, The pleasure of lying on my back on the grass. In my hand, the warmth … Continue reading

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Listening to Istanbul

Eyes closed, listening to Istanbul; First, a light breeze blows; On the trees, leaves Gently flutter; Far, far away, The ceaseless tinkling of watersellers’ bells; Eyes closed, listening to Istanbul. Eyes closed, listening to Istanbul; Birds fly by; Flocks, shrill … Continue reading

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The Hero of a Novel

It was raining on my tent, The wind was blowing from Saros bay. And I, the hero of a novel, On a bed made of hay, In the Second World War, Oil lamp at my bedside, Was trying to live … Continue reading

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Waves

To believe I’m happy No need for paper or pen; My cigarette in my hand, I’m engrossed in the blue, In the view in front of me. I go, drawn to the sea; Drawn to the sea, held by the … Continue reading

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Have I Fallen in Love?

Would I too have thoughts like this; Be unable to sleep, Be so quiet and retiring? Would I even not miss salads I used to like a lot? Would I be like this? Orhan Veli (1914-1950). Sevdaya mı Tutuldum? Translated … Continue reading

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Robinson

Grannie was the dearest Of my childhood friends After we sought ways To rescue poor Robinson from a desert island And together we wept About the sufferings of helpless Gulliver In the land of giants. Orhan Veli (1914-1950). Robenson. Translated … Continue reading

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