Days Do Not Pass

We present this work in honor of the poet’s 115th birthday.

02-25 Ali
Sabahattin Ali
Turkish
1907 – 1948

 

Flowers do not bloom here
Birds do not glide
Stars do not shine
Days do not pass

I pace the courtyard
Sometimes I sit and think
I see all kinds of dreams
Days do not pass, they do not

Say it’s spring outside
People wander around
Days fly by
Days do not pass, they do not

Old loves in my heart
Streams in my eyes
Your dream in the mirror cries
Days do not pass, they do not

A stranger sleeps next to me
Every word is bitter like poison
The strongest of all troubles
Days do not pass, they do not

 

Translation by Eda Savaseri

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