yellow flower, Here we are at the edge of the water the sycamore and I.


yellow flower, istanbul, pentax k10d

yellow flower, istanbul, pentax k10d

The Tale Of  Tales

Here we are at the edge of the water
the sycamore and I.
Our forms appear in the water
the sycamore’s and mine.
The water casts light back on us
the sycamore and me.
Here we are at the edge of the water
the sycamore and I, and with us a cat.
Our forms appear in the water
the sycamore’s and mine and the cat’s.
The water casts light back on us
the sycamore, me, and the cat.
Here we are at the edge of the water
the sycamore and I, the cat—and the sun.
Our forms appear in the water
the sycamore’s and mine, the cat’s and the sun’s.
The water casts light back on us
the sycamore and me, the cat and the sun.
Here we are at the edge of the water,
the sycamore and I, the cat and the sun with all that we are.
Our forms appear in the water
the sycamore’s and mine, the cat’s and the sun’s with all that we are.
The water casts light back on us
the sycamore and me, the cat and the sun and all that we are.
Here we are at the edge of the water
the sycamore and I, the cat and the sun with all that we are.
First the cat will go
and its form will disappear from the water.
I will go next
and my form will disappear from the water.
Then the sycamore will go
and its form will disappear from the water.
Then the water will go
and the sun will be left
but then it too will go.
Here we are at the edge of the water
the sycamore and I, the cat and the sun with all that we are.
The water is cool
the sycamore magnificent
I am writing poetry
the cat dozing.
The sun is warm—
how wonderful to be alive.
The water casts light back on us
the sycamore and me, the cat and the sun and all that we are.
Nazım Hikmet

translated by Jean Carpenter Efe

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