Tag Archives: Yahya Kemal

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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Trip

On a boat to Çubuklu* from Kandilli*; Just the sound of oars. Are we today spending a pleasant time? Or, is time spending us? Why now these endless thoughts? On one side, the space of the borderless sky; On the … Continue reading

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Flight

A shoreless sea, the soul flies, never lands; Was he such a bird, Noah in the flood? Cloud-laden, the sky above; Below, the powerful sea, foamy from eternity. The sea troubled, unaware of their numbers, Millions of waves chase millions … Continue reading

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Remembrance

The pain of separation, like a rooster crowing at midday, Untimely… A pang of sorrow I felt. The past, a bottomless lake covered in weeds. A chill season and in the garden heaps of leaves. Why does it call out … Continue reading

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Dancing in Andalusia

Castanets, shawl and rose. The power of dance in this garden cafe… Evening of passion, three times red Andalusia… In hundreds of tongues, the magic song of love. In castanets this evening, Spain, with all its joy. As if flourishing … Continue reading

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Song of the Sea

The boat setting off at full sail towards the horizon! You chose to sail at dusk; you have left. As you go away from the shores where your life was spent, And approach the world born in your imagination, Behind … Continue reading

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Chinese Bowl

Come, O beloved, from China! From that charming villa, As on bamboo canes asleep, On still waters, Boughs are laden With fiery oranges. Appear, O beloved, From the Chinese bowl. You were a blithesome image, You were my imaginary love. … Continue reading

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