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Dec 20, 2011

About A Young Man


A foursquare room
on the top floor
of a vertically single house.  
The windows without curtains. 
The starred nights outside the windows.   
The young man has leaned his forehead to the pane.
I, the author of the novel, am saying to the young man:
---- My young man! 
Look carefully at the stars,
Maybe you cannot see them again.
Maybe you cannot strech your arms
like horizons
in the light of the stars again.

My young man! 
The inside of your brain
is beautiful, horrible, powerful and good
like the starred darknesses. 
The stars and your brain
are the most wonderful things of the universe. 

My young man!
You will either drop dead at a corner
by bleeding from your brow,
or perish on a gallows. 
Look carefully at the stars. 
Maybe you cannot see them again. 

My young man!
Maybe you've understood me,
maybe not. 
I'm shutting up. 

There the door was being opened.
The expected woman came. 
"Did I make you wait too long?"
"Yes...
But never mind..."

The woman
caught the young man's hand.
The young man caught the woman's waist. 
He broke the pane at a stroke.
They sat inside the windows. 
Their feet hang down inside the night...
The night is burning
over their heads, at the right, at the left
like a bright seabed. 
Their feet are hanging down into the dark spaces. 
Their feet are hanging.
Their feet are hanging...
.....THEIR LIPS....

Love is a wonderful affair, my young man. 
Love then, let's see...
Whereas you have a bright night in your mind,
I'll allow you to have it. 
Loveeeeee,
as much as you can...

Original Poem BİR GENÇ ADAMA, HAKİM HERAKLİT'E, YILDIZLARA VE AŞKA DAİRDİR
(DELİKANLIM, İYİ BAK YILDIZLARA) 
Written by NAZIM HİKMET RAN
* In memory of Deniz Gezmiş, the leftist reformer, who was executed in 1972 together with his two close friends. 

19 yorum:

Jane and Lance Hattatt said...

Hello Sihirli:
The poem takes on an even greater meaning and poignancy when one learns that it is written for people who have, and so very recently, been put to death for their political views. All so very, very sad.

Sihirli Yazılar said...

Welcome Jane and Lance... Yes, this is a very special poem as it's the favorite poem of Deniz Gezmiş. This is the poem which he had been reading in the prison while waiting for his execution. This is the poem of all the people who have been executed for their political views. So it's poignant, yes...
Thanks indeed for your visit and valuable comment.

Poets United said...

Thank you for joining Poets United. I have added your blog to our blogroll so others can discover you and your wonderful poetry. Poets United is what you make of it so explore, comment often and it will lead to folks doing so in return. We look forward to visiting your blog and reading your poetry.

Your imagination is what fuels our community.

~ Robert Lloyd

Sihirli Yazılar said...

Thanks Robert...

Mark Kreider said...

Very touching.

Sihirli Yazılar said...

Thanks, Mark.

Melo said...

Lindo. Obrigada pela visita. Bjs

Sihirli Yazılar said...

Thanks indeed, Melo.

PJ said...

Hi Sihirli,

This was a beautiful poem, but soooo sad. Thank you for becoming one of my "Family of Readers". I hope you will enjoy and be uplifted when you visit my blog. God bless,

PJ

Sihirli Yazılar said...

I agree with you, PJ. A beautiful but sad poem... Thanks for your nice comment. Love and greetings.

José Ramón said...

Qué hermoso y sentir Poema.

Feliz semana saludo desde…
Abstracción textos y Reflexión.

Sihirli Yazılar said...

Thanks Jose... Have a nice day.

Eko said...

Kiitos vierailustasi.
Mukava tavata.
Kuvan ja Runon yhdistäminen on useasti aivan hieno asia.
Minun oma 'jorina' on useasti jotain aivan muuta kuin 'runoa'...
Kankeaa suomen kieltä - muiden on vaikeaa ymmärtää.
Tapaillaa...
Eko
Suomi/Lapland/Kuusamo

Timon said...

Very interesting, thanks for it!

FOLLOWING

Sihirli Yazılar said...

Thank you, Timon.

Heidi said...

Hi there,
the literature is beautiful. I am looking forward to reading more. Have a great week...Heidi

Sihirli Yazılar said...

And I'm looking forward to translating more but it's hard for a lazy woman like me:)))
Thanks, Heidi. Love and greetings from Turkey.

Melo said...

Que nessa Páscoa possas renascer para tudo que é belo.
Que suas energias sejam refeitas.
Que seus sonhos sejam renovados.
Bjs

Sihirli Yazılar said...

Melo... Sorry for I couldn't understand anything but still thanks indeed for your visit and comment. Greetings.

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