TOM CLARK: The Stations of the Forced Wanderer (Nâzim Hikmet Ran: 20 September 1945)

Nâzim Hikmet Ran: 20 September 1945

At this late hour
in this autumn night
I am full of your words;
eternal as time and matter
naked as an eye,
heavy as a hand
and gleaming as stars
your words.

Your words came to me,
they were of your heart, of your head, of your flesh.
Your words brought you,
they were: mother,
they were: woman
and they were comrade…
They were sad, painful, joyful, hopeful, heroic,
your words were human…

Nâzim Hikmet Ran (b. Salonica, 15 January 1902 – d. Moscow, 3 June 1963): 20 September 1945, translated by Fuat Engin

Source: TOM CLARK: The Stations of the Forced Wanderer (Nâzim Hikmet Ran: 20 September 1945)

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