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”

In a flash

Birdenbire – Suddenly by Orhan Veli Kanık Everything happened in a flash. Suddenly sunlight struck the earth; All at once there was sky; Suddenly blue. Everything happened in a flash; Suddenly fumes rose from the earth; All at once there were buds and sprouts. Suddenly fruit. In a flash;  In a flash;  Suddenly everything existed.Continue reading “In a flash”

Haiku: not always 5-7-5

İstanbul için Hay-Kay’lar – Haikus for Istanbul by Orhan Veli Kanık Arzular ve Hatıralar – Desires and Memories Arzular başka şey, Desires are a different thing, Hatıralar başka. Memories are different. Güneşi görmeyen şehirde, In a city where the sun doesn’t shine, Söyle, nasıl yaşanır? Tell me, how can one live? Böcekler – Bugs Düşünme,Continue reading “Haiku: not always 5-7-5”

Fellow humans

Sizin İçin  by Orhan Veli Kanık Sizin için insan kardeşlerim, For you, fellow humans, Her şey sizin için; Everything is for you; Gece de sizin için, gündüz de; The night is for you, and the day; Gündüz gün ışığı, gece ay ışığı; The day’s sunlight, the night’s moonlight; Ay ışığında yapraklar; The leaves in theContinue reading “Fellow humans”

This weather

Beni bu güzel havalar mahvetti, This lovely weather ruined me, Böyle havada istifa ettim Evkaftaki memuriyetimden. It was in weather like this That I quit my old government job. Tütüne böyle havada alıştım, Böyle havada aşık oldum; I got hooked on tobacco in weather just like this, I fell in love in weather like this;Continue reading “This weather”

Bin türlü mavi

I Biliyorum, kolay değil yaşamak I know, it is not easy to live Gönül verip türkü söylemek yar üstüne To give your heart in song to your lover Yıldız ışığında dolaşıp geceleri To wander under starlight Gündüzleri gün ışığında ısınmak To be warmed in sunlight Şöyle bir fırsat bulup yarım gün To find an occasionContinue reading “Bin türlü mavi”