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(28.03.1943 / balı kesir turkey)

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About Living

you must take living very serıous
you cannot joke with the living
you must live very seriously and solemnly
like a squirrel for example
that is to say without expecting anything else and other
than living
tahat is to say
all your occupation and duty must concentrate on living
in such an excesss that
for example you must sacrifice yourself for human beings
without expecting anything
evenb when youyr hands are tied from behind
even when your shoulders rest on wall
even when nobody forces you to do
the most beautıuful thing is living in this way
you must sow olıve sprouts even when you reach seventy
even though you know that you will not rest
under their shades
though you fear of death
living weighs heavier and heavier
you must live ın such an excess that
you must take living very serıous
like a squirrel for example
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Submitted: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Edited: Thursday, June 13, 2013


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  • Babatunde Aremu (6/13/2013 9:53:00 AM)

    Nice poem. Indeed we must live meaningfully. I like the concept but do spellcheck

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