I stand in the advancing light, my hands hungry, the world beautiful.


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red tulips and istanbul tulip festival, kırmızı laleler ve istanbul lale festivali, emirgan, pentax k10d

It’s This Way

I stand in the advancing light,
my hands hungry, the world beautiful.

My eyes can’t get enough of the trees–
they’re so hopeful, so green.

A sunny road runs through the mulberries,
I’m at the window of the prison infirmary.

I can’t smell the medicines–
carnations must be blooming nearby.

It’s this way:
being captured is beside the point,
the point is not to surrender.

Trans. by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk (1993)

Nazim Hikmet

red tulips and istanbul tulip festival, kırmızı laleler ve istanbul lale festivali, emirgan, pentax k10d

red tulips and istanbul tulip festival, kırmızı laleler ve istanbul lale festivali, emirgan, pentax k10d

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