Five Lines / Beş Satırla

Annelerin ninnilerinden

From mothers’ lullabies

spikerin okuduğu habere kadar,

To news spouted by talking heads,

yürekte, sokakta, kitapta, yenebilmek yalanı,

To overcome lies in the heart, in the street, in books, 

anlamak, sevgilim, o, ne müthiş bahtiyarlık,

To discover, my love, the awesome good fortune,

anlamak gideni ve gelmekte olanı.

Of understanding what is gone and what is coming.

Nazim Hikmet, “Beş Satırla” (English translation: E. Geddes)

Paintings by Alice Neel

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