I touch you with one hundred thousand hands, I touch Istanbul


yellow tulips and black tulips, istanbul tulip festival, istanbul, pentax k10d

yellow tulips and black tulips, istanbul tulip festival, istanbul, pentax k10d

THE WALNUT TREE

my head foaming clouds, sea inside me and out
I am a walnut tree in Gulhane Park
an old walnut, knot by knot, shred by shred
Neither you are aware of this, nor the police

I am a walnut tree in Gulhane Park
My leaves are nimble, nimble like fish in water
My leaves are sheer, sheer like a silk handkerchief
pick, wipe, my rose, the tear from your eyes
My leaves are my hands, I have one hundred thousand
I touch you with one hundred thousand hands, I touch Istanbul
My leaves are my eyes, I look in amazement
I watch you with one hundred thousand eyes, I watch Istanbul
Like one hundred thousand hearts, beat, beat my leaves

I am a walnut tree in Gulhane Park
neither you are aware of this, nor the police

Nâzım HİKMET
Translated by Gün GENCER

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