Daily Archives: May 9, 2009

Ozbekler Tekkesi

cemetery in Uzbeks Tekkias garden, Özbekler tekkesi bahçesindeki mezarlar,  Nakkaştepe Üsküdar, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

cemetery in Uzbeks Tekkia's garden, Özbekler tekkesi bahçesindeki mezarlar, Nakkaştepe Üsküdar, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

You are closer to me than myself (Ghazal 2798)

My love, you are closer to me than myself,
you shine through my eyes.
Your light is brighter than the Moon.
Step into the garden
so all the flowers, even the tall poplar
can kneel before your beauty.
Let your voice silence the lily
famous for its hundred tongues.
When you want to be kind you are
softer than the soul but when you withdraw
you can be so cold and harsh.

Dear one, you can be wild and rebellious but
when you meet him face to face
his charm will make you docile like the earth.
Throw away your shield and bare your chest
there is no stronger protection than him.

That’s why when the dervish withdraws
from the world he covers all the cracks in the wall,
so the outside light cannot come though.
He knows that only the inner light
illuminates his world.

Mevlana Rumi

from Rumi: Hidden Music, Translated by Azima Melita Kolin / Translated by Maryam Mafi

You make me nervous when you start to talk

 

tulips, istanbul tulip festival 2009, istanbul 2009 lale festivalinden laleler, istanbul, pentax k10d

tulips, istanbul tulip festival 2009, istanbul 2009 lale festivali'nden laleler, istanbul, pentax k10d

Had A Dream About You, Baby

I got to see you baby, I don’t care
It may be someplace, baby, you say where.

I had a dream about you, baby
Had a dream about you, baby
Late last night you come a-rollin’ across my mind

You got the crazy rhythm when you walk
You make me nervous when you start to talk

I had a dream about you, baby
Had a dream about you, baby
Late last night you come a-rollin’ across my mind

Standin’ on the highway, you flag me down
Said, take me daddy, to the nearest town

I had a dream about you, baby
Had a dream about you, baby
Late last night you come a-rollin’ across my mind

The joint is jumpin’
It’s really somethin’
The beat is pumpin’
My heart is thumpin’
Spent my money on you honey
My limbs are shakin’
My heart is breakin’

You kiss me, baby, in the coffee shop
You make me nervous, you gotta stop

I had a dream about you, baby
Had a dream about you, baby
Late last night you come a-rollin’ across my mind

You got a rag wrapped around your head
Wearing a long dress fire engine red

I had a dream about you, baby
Had a dream about you, baby
Late last night you come a-rollin’ across my mind
Bob Dylan

We have got to come together. How long can we stay apart?

 

yellow tulips, istanbul tulip festival 2009, istanbul, pentax k10d

yellow tulips, istanbul tulip festival 2009, istanbul, pentax k10d

 

Coming From The Heart 

We have got to come together
How long can we stay apart?
You may get it maybe never
But it’s coming from the heart.

Your life is full of indecision
You can’t make up your mind.
We must get it in position
And move it on down the line.

‘Cause the road is long, it’s a long hard climb
I been on that road too long of a time
Yes the road is long, and it winds and winds
When I think of the love that I left behind.

Make me up a bed of roses
And hang them down from the vine
Of all my loves you’ve been the closest
That’s ever been on my mind.

Please don’t talk about tomorrow
I’m really not one to care
This world is filled with too much sorrow
That nobody’s heart should bear.

‘Cause the road is long, it’s a long hard climb
I been on that road too long of a time
Yes the road is long, and it winds and winds
When I think of the love that I left behind.

Please, please give me indication
Stop and talk to me
Like a river that is flowing
My love will never cease to be.

You will always be my honey
No one could take your part
Our love can’t be bought with money
‘Cause it’s coming from the heart.

‘Cause the road is long, it’s a long hard climb
I been on that road too long of a time
Yes the road is long, and it winds and winds
When I think of the love that I left behind.

Bob Dylan

ferryboats and bosphorus

 

Üsküdar port, Bosphorus, Üsküdar iskelesi, Boğaziçi, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Üsküdar port, Bosphorus, Üsküdar iskelesi, Boğaziçi, İstanbul, Pentax K10d

tesbih cerenomy

portrait in daylight, pentax k10d

portrait in daylight, pentax k10d

Body of earth, don’t talk of earth

Body of earth, don’t talk of earth
Tell the story of pure mirrors
The Creator has given you this splendor–
Why talk of anything else?

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

from The Way of Passion: A Celebration of Rumi, by Andrew Harvey

Sultanahmet square and Hagia Sophia

Ayasofya müzesi, Hagia Sophia museum, Sultanahmet meydanı İstanbul, Pentax K10d

Ayasofya müzesi, Hagia Sophia museum, Sultanahmet meydanı İstanbul, Pentax K10d

At night we fall into each other with such grace

At night we fall into each other with such grace.
When it’s light, you throw me back
like you do your hair.

Your eyes now drunk with God,
mine with looking at you,
one drunkard takes care of another.

Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi

from Open Secret: Versions of Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks / Translated by John Moyne

I live in another world where life and death are memorized

 

 

red-white tulips, istanbul tulip festival 2009, istanbul, pentax k10d

red-white tulips, istanbul tulip festival 2009, istanbul, pentax k10d

Dark Eyes

Oh, the gentlemen are talking and the midnight moon is on the riverside,
They’re drinking up and walking and it is time for me to slide.
I live in another world where life and death are memorized,
Where the earth is strung with lovers’ pearls and all I see are dark eyes.

A cock is crowing far away and another soldier’s deep in prayer,
Some mother’s child has gone astray, she can’t find him anywhere.
But I can hear another drum beating for the dead that rise,
Whom nature’s beast fears as they come and all I see are dark eyes.

They tell me to be discreet for all intended purposes,
They tell me revenge is sweet and from where they stand, I’m sure it is.
But I feel nothing for their game where beauty goes unrecognized,
All I feel is heat and flame and all I see are dark eyes.

Oh, the French girl, she’s in paradise and a drunken man is at the wheel,
Hunger pays a heavy price to the falling gods of speed and steel.
Oh, time is short and the days are sweet and passion rules the arrow that flies,
A million faces at my feet but all I see are dark eyes.
Bob Dylan

Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own

 

tulips on street, Istanbul tulip festival 2009, istanbul, pentax k10d

tulips on street, Istanbul tulip festival 2009, istanbul, pentax k10d

Blue Moon

Blue moon, you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own.

Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayet for someone I really could care for.

And suddenly there appeared before me the only one my arms could ever hold
I heard someone whisper, please, adore me
And when I looked my moon had turned to gold.

Blue moon, now Im no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own
Without a love of my own.
Bob Dylan