I undressed you with my own hands, like the spring


yellow-red tulips, Istanbul Tulip Festival, Istanbul, Pentax K10D

yellow-red tulips, Istanbul Tulip Festival, Istanbul, Pentax K10D

The Tulip

I undressed you with my own hands, like the spring

Laying the petals open

Your haste was all seeds like a pomegranate.

O the singing forest of sighs

The heart of kisses and glances

Questions in its fresh silence.

The roof of your desire floated in the sky

It was humming yellow butterflies

When every inch of you burst out.

I tied you down with my teeth

Like a greedy silkworm

Your redness was a crescent

Two petals of a tulip on the sheets.

Melih Cevdet Anday

translated by  Şehnaz Tahir Gürçaylar



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