Keep your ontological distance

Ontological Distance

by Karin Karakaşlı

When you see me, take a step back

Let’s keep our ontological distance

Could be that you’ll find yourself overwhelmed

By the truth of your soul

And won’t be able to get past the feeling

In fact, in order to have a pretext,

You really always need distance

To make accusations, to shrug off blame

The ball needs space to roll

And we need time to forget

Take a step back when you see me

We should keep our ontological distance 

English translation by E. Geddes

Ontolojik Mesafe

Gördüğünde beni, bir adım geri dur
koruyalım ontolojik mesafemizi
Olur ya, kendine yenilirsin
ruhunun gerçeğine
direnemezsin sonra
Oysa bahaneler için
hep mesafe lazım
Suçlamak ve sorumluluk atmak için
Topun yuvarlanmasına alan
unutulmaya zaman lazım
Geri dur bir adım beni gördüğünde
Ontolojik mesafemizi koruyalım

Cy Twombly

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