In a flash

Birdenbire – Suddenly

by Orhan Veli Kanık

Everything happened in a flash.

Suddenly sunlight struck the earth;

All at once there was sky;

Suddenly blue.

Everything happened in a flash;

Suddenly fumes rose from the earth;

All at once there were buds and sprouts.

Suddenly fruit.

In a flash; 

In a flash; 

Suddenly everything existed.

Suddenly a girl, suddenly a boy;

Paths, prairies, cats, people…

All at once there was love,

Suddenly happiness.

English translation by E. Geddes

Her şey birdenbire oldu.
Birdenbire vurdu gün ışığı yere;
Gökyüzü birdenbire oldu;
Mavi birdenbire.
Her şey birdenbire oldu;
Birdenbire tütmeye başladı duman topraktan;
Filiz birdenbire oldu, tomurcuk birdenbire.
Yemiş birdenbire oldu.

Birdenbire,
Birdenbire;
Her şey birdenbire oldu.
Kız birdenbire, oğlan birdenbire;
Yollar, kırlar, kediler, insanlar…
Aşk birdenbire oldu,
Sevinç birdenbire.

Paintings by Asher Brown Durand, William Trost Richards, George Inness

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