black tulip and the name of pain


black-purple tulip, Istanbul tulip festival

black-purple tulip, Istanbul tulip festival

The Name Of Pain

Slowly quietly gold is collected under your command

slowly quietly

Slowly quietly wheat is distributed under your command

slowly quietly

Slowly quietly people’s bread is served out under your command

slowly quietly.

With you rapidly silk darkens spoils with you rapidly

Water is tied in knots becomes turbid rapidly with you

With you rapidly is atrophied the history of labor

And with you slowly slowly the name of pain

written extensively

comes out on copper quartz and bronze.

İlhan Berk

“Acinin Adi,” Kul (1992). Istanbul

translated by Suat Karantay


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