white flowers, My honey is my everything.


white flowers, istanbul, pentax k10d

white flowers, istanbul, pentax k10d

About My Poetry

I have no silver-saddled horse to ride,
no inheritance to live on,
neither riches no real-estate –
a pot of honey is all I own.
A pot of honey
red as fire!

My honey is my everything.
I guard
my riches and my real-estate
— my honey pot, I mean –
from pests of every species,
Brother, just wait…
As long as I’ve got
honey in my pot,
bees will come to it
from Timbuktu…

Nazim Hikmet

Trans. by Mutlu Konuk and Randy Blasing (1993)

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