While listening to Bach

 Bach’ı Dinlerken / While listening to Bach

 by Tuğrul Tanyol

melody filling my heart with light

“Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen”

like a cry to heaven

rising with that voice

a paean in a language I don’t understand

maybe a plea to God

never-ending echoes

in that tiny church

voices intertwining 

the choir sings with shared passion

reaching the God

of Bach’s dream

from this people understand

no matter what language, no matter what religion

their mutual love of God

reflected in shining eyes

it shames the nonbeliever in me

English translation by E. Geddes

içimi ışıkla dolduran ezgi

“Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen”

göklere haykırır gibi

o sesle yükselen

anlamadığım dildeki ilahi

Tanrı’ya yakarış belki

yankılanıp duruyor

o küçücük kilisedeki

ses, sese karışıyor

aynı aşkla söylüyor koro

Bach’ın hayalindeki

Tanrı’ya kavuşuyor

insan anlıyor birden

hangi dilden, hangi dinden olsa da

o ortak Tanrı sevgisini

ışıldayan gözlerden yansıyor

utandırıyor içimdeki dinsizi

Paintings by Frida Kahlo

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