Concerning mustard

Concerning mustard

by Orhan Veli Kanık

It seems that I was a fool

Having not understood for years

The importance of mustard in the life of a society

“One cannot live without mustard”

Abiden was also remarking on this recently

To those who are acquainted with

The deeper truths

I know now that I don’t really need to say this, but

God forbid anyone should go without mustard


Ne budala şeymişim meğer,

Senelerden beri anlamamışım

Hardalın cemiyet hayatındaki mevkiini

“Hardalsız yaşanmaz”

Bunu Abidin de söylüyordu geçenlerde

Daha büyük hakikatlere

Ermiş olanlara

Biliyorum, lazım değil ama hardal

Allah kimseyi hardaldan etmesin

English translation by E. Geddes

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