Poem of the Day: ‘Endless Silence’ by Fazıl Hüsnü Dağlarca

Endless Silence

 

I am like a brother to you well yes you can tell me

How you got married

How you stopped loving one night

All right you can tell me

 

And then in the days of that old photograph

Your Mother had not gone mad yet

Your hair was golden as it caressed your white shoulders

All right you can tell me

 

You used to laugh a lot

At trees

You were a sylph the forest kept you awake when it sprouted

All right you can tell me

 

Then you ran away from home

To thoughts solitude sleep death

Starknaked among the ruins of a fire

All right you can tell me

 

A girl a boy a stone shadows on the walls a girl a boy

Three hundred youths you had slept in a mountain shelter

Outside the snow was cold as wolves in your heart you froze like the stone age

All right you can tell me

 

Look tomorrow I am leaving for another darkness

Like cemeteries I am silent mournful deaf

Yes you no longer have faith in love   yes you will love no one ever again

All right you can tell me

 

— Translated by Talat S. Halman. From Living Poets of Turkey, Dost Publications, 1989, p. 26

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