I don’t like to turn back

Autobiography  -Nazim Hikmet I was born in 1902  I never once went back to my birthplace  I don’t like to turn back  at three I served as a pasha’s grandson in Aleppo  at nineteen as a student at Moscow Communist University  at forty-nine I was back in Moscow as the Tcheka Party’s guest  and I’veContinue reading “I don’t like to turn back”

Your whole occupation

Living is no laughing matter:        you must live with great seriousness                like a squirrel, for example—        I mean without looking for something beyond and above living,                I mean living must be your whole occupation. YaşamakContinue reading “Your whole occupation”

I’m still touched by falling leaves

I’ve read about falling leaves in fifty thousand poems novels and so on watched leaves falling in fifty thousand movies seen leaves fall fifty thousand times fall drift and rot felt their dead shush shush fifty thousand times underfoot in my hands on my fingertips but I’m still touched by falling leaves especially those fallingContinue reading “I’m still touched by falling leaves”