Tuesday 9 November 2010

From This Bridge: Contemporary Turkish Women Poets, fourth selection

Broken Windows

we’re hopeful migrants
we pitch our tents in the open
now open your arms
a bird multiplies in air

we’re a raised voice
we rise with our eyelashes wet
put your arms around me
it’s love that rears the day

our eyes and brows cast down
walk now through roses, sweat
(windows broken
you can’t take me away from sorrow
it’s only for you that I cry)

a bird multiplies in air
my eyes overrun my eyes
I’d have been as mute as stone, but for you.

Leyla Şahin
Trans. George Messo
Conversation Paperpress, 2010

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