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By Orhan Veli Kanık

Yesterday I was bored until nighttime

Two packs of cigarettes did nothing for me

Was going to write, but couldn’t

For the first time ever I played the violin

Wandered around 

Watched the backgammon players

Sang a song out of tune

Caught enough files to fill a matchbox

In the end, God damn it

I got up and came here

Misafir

Dün fena sıkıldım akşama kadar
İki paket cigara bana mısın demedi
Yazı yazacak oldum, sarmadı
Keman çaldım ömrümde ilk defa
Dolaştım
Tavla oynayanları seyrettim
Bir şarkıyı başka makamla söyledim
Sinek tuttum bir kibrit kutusu
Allah kahretsin, en sonunda
Kalktım buraya geldim

English translation by E. Geddes

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