My Bird and I

In honor of the Turkish holiday, Victory Day, we present this work by one of modern Turkey’s most poignant authors.

Nilgun Marmara
1958 – 1987


My bird and I are fast asleep
reflected in a mirror, our cage our bed
our visages reflecting that of one another
we sleep beneath the eternally falling snow
my bird and I.
A crimson ribbon binds us – my mate and I
indelibly together.
Destitution would delight in its severance.

In our mirror there’s naught beyond this bond…
This crimson tie between us – my mate my bird and I…

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