Bulut mu olsam

What if I were a cloud – Bulut mu olsam by Nazım Hikmet Over sea a transcendent cloud a silver ship on the sea’s face yellow fish in its waters blue algae on its floor on the shore is a naked man deep in thought. Denizin üstünde ala bulut yüzünde gümüş gemi içinde sarı balıkContinue reading “Bulut mu olsam”

No Joke

Şaka Değil – No Joke by Özdemir Asaf  Yer altından dinleniyoruz;Tedirginliğimiz ondan.Seslerimizi dinleyorlar,Ölülerin katında biriktiriyorlar;Suskunluğumuz ondan. From underground they listen in on us; Which makes us uneasy. Listening to our voices, Filling up the catacombs with them; Which makes us clam up. Bugün son sevişmelerimizi gözetleyorlar,Her neyse..Yarın düzenleyecekler aşklarımızı,Ner’deyse.Huysuzluğumuz ondan.Perdeleri kapatmalı mı?Perdeyse.Yaşamlarımızın, doğumlarımızınTadı kaçmadan..Gökteyse, yerdeyse,BirContinue reading “No Joke”

Gossip

Gossip – Dedikodu by Orhan Veli Kanık Kim söylemiş beni Süheyla’ya vurulmuşum diye? Who said I’ve fallen for Süheyla? Kim görmüş, ama kim, Eleni’yi öptüğümü, Yüksek kaldırımda, güpegündüz? Seriously, who, who says they saw me, Kissing Eleni  Out on the sidewalk in broad daylight? Melahat’i almışım da sonra Alemdara gitmişim, öyle mi? Apparently after thatContinue reading “Gossip”

On the subject of smiling to myself

While walking down the street by Orhan Veli Kanık While walking down the street by myself If I realize that I’m smiling, I suspect people passing by might think I’m a bit crazy, And I keep smiling. Sokakta giderken Sokakta giderken, kendi kendimeGülümsediğimin farkına vardığım zamanBeni deli zannedeceklerini düşünüpGülümsüyorum. English translation by E. Geddes

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’tContinue reading “Concerning mustard”

Guest

Guest 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 theContinue reading “Guest”

Busy

To Keep Myself Busy by Orhan Veli Kanık All the beautiful women thoughtEvery love poem I wroteWas written for them,And I always felt terribleKnowing that I wrote themJust to keep myself busy. İş Olsun Diye Bütün güzel kadınlar zannettiler ki; Aşk üstüne yazdığım her şiir Kendileri için yazılmıştır. Bense daima üzüntüsünü çektim. Onları iş olsunContinue reading “Busy”

Kimse durduramaz yağmurunu

Sardunya by Gülten Akın May we remember the rule: For the sowers of seeds, for the planters of saplings No one can stop the rain No one can block the sun I am sowing basil, I am planting geraniums They’re bold, says my neighbor Even when you no longer want them Their seeds will lingerContinue reading “Kimse durduramaz yağmurunu”

Like a kiss we’d not been waiting for

Crescendo  by Tuğrul Tanyol music pouring through the open window tumbles onto the bare stones of the patio changes the colors of the stones to black and white a child playing on the stones chooses where to cast his footsteps the ground wobbles sometimes he jumps across a space as if leaping between joys theContinue reading “Like a kiss we’d not been waiting for”

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 sharedContinue reading “While listening to Bach”