Nazim Hikmet
A Sad State Of Freedom by Nazim Hikmet

A Sad State Of Freedom by Nazim Hikmet

You waste the attention of your eyes, the glittering labour of your hands, and knead the dough enough for dozens of loaves of which you'll taste not a morsel; you are free to ...

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Things I Didn’T Know I Loved by Nazim Hikmet

Things I Didn’T Know I Loved by Nazim Hikmet

it's 1962 March 28thI'm sitting by the window on the Prague-Berlin train night is fallingI never knew I likednight descending like a tired bird on a smoky wet plain I don't ...

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On Living by Nazim Hikmet

On Living by Nazim Hikmet

ILiving is no laughing matter: you must live with great seriousness like a squirrel, for example-- I mean without looking for something beyond and ...

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Hymn To Life by Nazim Hikmet

Hymn To Life by Nazim Hikmet

The hair falling on your forehead suddenly lifted.Suddenly something stirred on the ground.The trees are whispering in the ...

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Optimistic Man by Nazim Hikmet

Optimistic Man by Nazim Hikmet

as a child he never plucked the wings off flieshe didn't tie tin cans to cats' tailsor lock beetles in matchboxesor stomp anthillshe grew upand all those things were done to himI ...

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It’s This Way by Nazim Hikmet

It’s This Way by Nazim Hikmet

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 ...

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Letter To My Wife by Nazim Hikmet

Letter To My Wife by Nazim Hikmet

11-11-1933 Bursa PrisonMy one and only!Your last letter says:"My head is throbbing, my heart is stunned!"You say:"If they hang you, ...

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Poems For Piraye (9 To 10 O’clock Poems) by Nazim Hikmet

Poems For Piraye (9 To 10 O’clock Poems) by Nazim Hikmet

Remembering you is goodin prisonamid the newsof victory and deathas my fortieth year passes...Remembering you is goodyour handforgotten upon a blue dressyour hairwith the grave ...

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Today Is Sunday by Nazim Hikmet

Today Is Sunday by Nazim Hikmet

Today is Sunday. For the first time they took me out into the sun today. And for the first time in my life I was aghast that the sky is so far away and so blue and so vast I stood ...

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The Strangest Creature On Earth by Nazim Hikmet

The Strangest Creature On Earth by Nazim Hikmet

You're like a scorpion, my brother,you live in cowardly darkness like a scorpion.You're like a sparrow, my brother,always in a sparrow's flutter.You're like a ...

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I Want To Die Before You by Nazim Hikmet

I Want To Die Before You by Nazim Hikmet

I want to die before you. Do you think that who passes later will find who's gone before? I don't think so. You'd better have me burned, and put me on the stove in your room in a ...

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Gioconda And Si-Ya-U by Nazim Hikmet

Gioconda And Si-Ya-U by Nazim Hikmet

to the memory of my friend SI-YA-U, whose head was cut off in ShanghaiA CLAIMRenowned Leonardo'sworld-famous"La Gioconda"has disappeared.And in the spacevacated by the ...

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Regarding Art by Nazim Hikmet

Regarding Art by Nazim Hikmet

Sometimes, I, too, tell the ah'sof my heart one by onelike the blood-red beadsof a ruby rosary strung on strands of golden hair!But mypoetry's musetakes to the airon ...

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Don Quixote by Nazim Hikmet

Don Quixote by Nazim Hikmet

The knight of immortal youthat the age of fifty found his mind in his heartand on July morning went out to capturethe right, the beautiful, the just.Facing him a world of silly ...

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Last Will And Testament by Nazim Hikmet

Last Will And Testament by Nazim Hikmet

Comrades, if I don't live to see the day-- I mean,if I die before freedom comes --take me awayand bury me in a village cemetery in Anatolia.The worker Osman whom Hassan Bey ...

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I Love You by Nazim Hikmet

I Love You by Nazim Hikmet

I love you like dipping bread into salt and eating Like waking up at night with high fever and drinking water, with the tap in my mouth Like unwrapping the heavy box from the ...

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Autobiography by Nazim Hikmet

Autobiography by Nazim Hikmet

I was born in 1902I never once went back to my birthplaceI don't like to turn backat three I served as a pasha's grandson in Aleppoat nineteen as a student at Moscow Communist ...

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Five Lines by Nazim Hikmet

Five Lines by Nazim Hikmet

To overcome lies in the heart, in the streets, in the books from the lullabies of the mothers to the news report that the speaker reads, understanding, my love, what a great joy ...

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The Faces Of Our Women by Nazim Hikmet

The Faces Of Our Women by Nazim Hikmet

Mary didn't give birth to God.Mary isn't the mother of God.Mary is one mother among many mothers.Mary gave birth to a son,a son among many sons.That's why Mary is so beautiful in ...

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Lion In An Iron Cage by Nazim Hikmet

Lion In An Iron Cage by Nazim Hikmet

Look at the lion in the iron cage,look deep into his eyes: like two naked steel daggers they sparkle with anger.But he never loses his dignity ...

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Since I’ve Been In Jail by Nazim Hikmet

Since I’ve Been In Jail by Nazim Hikmet

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 ...

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Our Eyes by Nazim Hikmet

Our Eyes by Nazim Hikmet

Our eyes are limpid drops of water.In each drop exists a tiny sign of our geniuswhich has given life to cold iron.Our ...

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The Japanese Fisherman by Nazim Hikmet

The Japanese Fisherman by Nazim Hikmet

A young Japanese fisherman was killed by a cloud at sea. I heard this song from his friends, one lurid yellow evening on the Pacific. Those who eat the fish we caught, die. Those ...

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A Spring Piece Left In The Middle by Nazim Hikmet

A Spring Piece Left In The Middle by Nazim Hikmet

Taut, thick fingers punchthe teeth of my typewriter.Three words are down on paper in capitals:SPRING SPRING SPRING...And me -- poet, ...

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I Think Of You… by Nazim Hikmet

I Think Of You… by Nazim Hikmet

I think of you and I feel the scent of my mother my mother, the most beautiful of all. You are on the carousel of the festival inside me you hover around, your skirt and your hair ...

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Some Advice To Those Who Will Serve Time In Prison by Nazim Hikmet

Some Advice To Those Who Will Serve Time In Prison by Nazim Hikmet

If instead of being hanged by the neck you're thrown inside for not giving up hopein the world, your country, your people, if you do ten or fifteen ...

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Thinking Of You by Nazim Hikmet

Thinking Of You by Nazim Hikmet

Thinking of you is pretty, hopeful, It is like listening to the most beautiful song From the most beautiful voice on earth... But hope is not enough for me any more, I don't want ...

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On The Fifth Day Of A Hunger Strike by Nazim Hikmet

On The Fifth Day Of A Hunger Strike by Nazim Hikmet

My brothers, Forgive me if I'm unable to say honestly and straightforwardly all that I would like to say to you I'm drunk, my head is light, it spins, not from raki but from ...

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You by Nazim Hikmet

You by Nazim Hikmet

You are my enslavement and my freedomYou are my flesh burning like a raw summer nightYou are my countryYou are the green silks in hazel eyesYou are big, beautiful and ...

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The Miniature Woman by Nazim Hikmet

The Miniature Woman by Nazim Hikmet

The Blue-Eyed Giant, the Miniature Woman and the Honeysuckle He was a blue-eyed giant, He loved a miniature woman. The woman's dream was of a miniature house with a garden where ...

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You Are My Drunkenness by Nazim Hikmet

You Are My Drunkenness by Nazim Hikmet

You are my drunkenness... I did not sober up, as if I can do that; I don't want to anyway. I have a headache, my knees are full of scars I am in mud all around I struggle to walk ...

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The Walnut Tree by Nazim Hikmet

The Walnut Tree by Nazim Hikmet

my head foaming clouds, sea inside me and out I am a walnut tree in Gulhane Park an old walnut, knot by knot, shred by shred Neither you are aware of this, nor the police I am a ...

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Hiroshima Child by Nazim Hikmet

Hiroshima Child by Nazim Hikmet

I come and stand at every door But none can hear my silent tread I knock and yet remain unseen For I am dead for I am dead I'm only seven though I died In Hiroshima long ago I'm ...

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About My Poetry by Nazim Hikmet

About My Poetry by Nazim Hikmet

I have no silver-saddled horse to ride,no inheritance to live on,neither riches no real-estate --a pot of honey is all I own.A pot of honey red as fire!My honey is my ...

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Letters From A Man In Solitary by Nazim Hikmet

Letters From A Man In Solitary by Nazim Hikmet

1I carved your name on my watchbandwith my fingernail.Where I am, you know,I don't have a pearl-handled jackknife(they won't give me anything sharp) or a plane tree with ...

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To Samet Vurgun by Nazim Hikmet

To Samet Vurgun by Nazim Hikmet

I finally made it to your city,but I was late, Samet,we couldn't get together:I was late by the space of death.I didn't want to hear your voiceon tape, samet --I can't look at ...

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Angina Pectoris by Nazim Hikmet

Angina Pectoris by Nazim Hikmet

If half my heart is here, doctor, the other half is in Chinawith the army flowing toward the Yellow River.And, every morning, doctor,every morning at sunrise my heart ...

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After Release From Prison by Nazim Hikmet

After Release From Prison by Nazim Hikmet

Awake. Where are you? At home. Still unaccustomed- awake or sleeping- to being in your own home. This is just one more of the stupefactions of spending thirteen years in a prison. ...

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