Daily Archives: May 17, 2010

old fabric house, Balat

old houses from Balat

old houses from Balat

red tulips : Since I’ve been in jail the world has turned around the sun ten times

Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul lale festival, Emirgan park, pentax k10d

Istanbul tulip festival, Istanbul lale festival, Emirgan park, pentax k10d

Since I’ve Been In Jail

Since I’ve been in jail
the world has turned around the sun ten times
And if you ask the earth, it will say:
‘It’s not worth mentioning,
a microscopic time.’
And if you ask me, I will say:
‘It’s ten years of my life.’
I had a pencil
the year I came to jail.
It wore out in a week from writing.
And if you ask the pencil, it will say:
‘A whole life.’
And if you ask me, I will say:
‘It’s nothing, a mere week.’
Osman who was jailed for murder
completed a seven-year stretch and left
since I’ve been in jail.
He wandered around outside for a while,
and then got jailed again for smuggling.
He served a six-month term and left again,
and yesterday a letter came saying he’s married
and a child will be born in the spring.
Now they’re ten years old
the children who fell from their mothers’ womb
that year I came to jail,
And the colts of that year who had long thin shaky legs
have long since become docile broad-rumped mares.
But the olive shoots are still shoots
and they’re still children.
New squares have opened up in my distant city
since I’ve been in jail. Continue reading

red tulips : You are the green silks in hazel eyes

Istanbul Tulip Festival 2010, İstanbul Lale Festivali 2010, Emirgan parkı, pentax k10d

Istanbul Tulip Festival 2010, İstanbul Lale Festivali 2010, Emirgan parkı, pentax k10d

You

You are my enslavement and my freedom
You are my flesh burning like a raw summer night
You are my country
You are the green silks in hazel eyes
You are big, beautiful and triumphant
And you are my sorrow that isn’t felt
the more I feel it.

Nazim Hikmet