Next to the book

Yıldızlar — The Stars

by Oktay Rifat 

Kitabın yanında defter vardır,

Next to the book is a writing journal,

Defterin yanında bardak.

A glass next to the journal.

Çocuk bardağın yanında,

A child next to the glass

Çocuğun yanında kedi –

A cat next to the child — 

Ve bir beyaz karanfil.

And a white carnation.

Fakat neden kıravatım, kitaplarım

But why are my books, my necktie

Ve şu küçük cigara tablası

And that small ashtray

Yıldızların yanında değil?

Not next to the stars?

English translation by E. Geddes

Paintings by Van Gogh

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