Photographer's Note

THE WAVE

I need neither paper nor pen
To imagine I'm happy.
A cigarette stuck between my fingers,
I plunge into the blue
Of the painting before me.

The sea drags me along and I go;
The sea pulls, land holds back.
What is there in the air?
Booze or something like that?
Drives you mad, gets you drunk.

It's all lies, I know;
It's a lie that I'm a barge or a boat;
The coolness of water in my ribs,
The wind humming through the loops,
The engine whirring for weeks on end -
All lies.

And yet,
Some lovely days,
I can live in the joy of the blue,
Floating like a watermelon rind
Like the shadow of a tree over the sky,
Like the haze that engulfs the plums at dawn,
Like the haze, the fog, love and fragrance.

Neither paper will suffice nor pen
For me to imagine myself happy.
All this is, well, claptrap.
I am neither barge nor boat.
I should be somewhere else,
At a much different place,
Neither like a watermelon rind
Nor light nor fog nor haze...
But like a human being.

Orhan Veli
Translated by Talat Sait Halman


DALGA

Mesut sanmak iin kendimi
Ne kğıt isterim, ne kalem,
Parmaklarımda cıgaram,
Dalar giderim mavisinden ieri
Karşımda duran resmin.

Giderim deniz eker;
Deniz eker, dnya tutar.
İkiye benzer birşey mi var,
Birşey mi var ki havada
Deli eder insanı, sarhoş eder?

Bilirim, yalan, hepsi yalan;
Taka olduğum, tekne olduğum yalan;
Suların kaburgalarımdaki serinliği,
İskotada uğuldayan rzgar,
Haftalarca dinmeyen motor sesi,
Yalan....

Ama gene de,
Gene de gzel gnler geirebilirim;
Geirebilirim bu mavilikte.
Suda yzen karpuz kabuğundan farksız,
Ağacın gkyzne vuran aksinden,
Her sabah erikleri saran buğudan,
Buğudan, sistem, aşktan, kokudan...

Ne kağıt yeter ne kalem,
Mesut sanmam iin kendimi.
Bunların hepsi... hepsi fasafiso.
Ne takayım, ne tekneyim.
yle bir yerde olmalıyım
yle bir yerde olmalıyım ki,
Ne ışık, ne sis, ne buğu gibi...
İnsan gibi.

Orhan Veli

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