Nazim Hikmet

(1902-1963 / Turkey)

Nazim Hikmet Poems

1. To Samet Vurgun 4/20/2010
2. The Faces Of Our Women 4/20/2010
3. You Are My Drunkenness 4/20/2010
4. The Miniature Woman 4/20/2010
5. The Japanese Fisherman 4/20/2010
6. The Walnut Tree 4/20/2010
7. After Release From Prison 4/20/2010
8. Thinking Of You 4/20/2010
9. On The Fifth Day Of A Hunger Strike 4/20/2010
10. Five Lines 4/20/2010
11. Since I’ve Been In Jail 4/20/2010
12. You 4/20/2010
13. I Think Of You... 4/20/2010
14. I Want To Die Before You 4/20/2010
15. Today Is Sunday 1/13/2003
16. Hiroshima Child 4/20/2010
17. Poems For Piraye (9 To 10 O’clock Poems) 4/20/2010
18. I Love You 4/20/2010
19. Gioconda And Si-Ya-U 1/13/2003
20. Angina Pectoris 1/13/2003
21. Last Will And Testament 1/13/2003
22. About My Poetry 1/13/2003
23. Letters From A Man In Solitary 1/13/2003
24. A Spring Piece Left In The Middle 1/13/2003
25. Lion In An Iron Cage 1/13/2003
26. Don Quixote 1/13/2003
27. Autobiography 1/13/2003
28. The Strangest Creature On Earth 1/13/2003
29. Regarding Art 1/13/2003
30. Some Advice To Those Who Will Serve Time In Prison 1/13/2003
31. Hymn To Life 1/13/2003
32. Our Eyes 1/13/2003
33. A Sad State Of Freedom 1/13/2003
34. It's This Way 1/13/2003
35. Letter To My Wife 1/13/2003
36. Things I Didn'T Know I Loved 1/13/2003
37. On Living 1/13/2003
38. Optimistic Man 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Nazim Hikmet

Optimistic Man

as a child he never plucked the wings off flies
he didn't tie tin cans to cats' tails
or lock beetles in matchboxes
or stomp anthills
he grew up
and all those things were done to him
I was at his bedside when he died
he said read me a poem
about the sun and the sea
about nuclear reactors and satellites
about the greatness of humanity

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Regarding Art

Sometimes, I, too, tell the ah's
of my heart one by one
like the blood-red beads
of a ruby rosary strung
on strands of golden hair!

But my
poetry's muse
takes to the air

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