Treasure Island

Metin Sahin

(28.03.1943 / balı kesir turkey)

we are not alone II


her teenagers are quarrelsome
restless
and brave
in the famous gaols of ANATOLIA
lie mostly the brave men
of the plain CUKUROVA..ADANA
like showing their wounds to their friends
like watering willow sprouts
so candid
so so deep
sing folk songs and swear
this virtues are like
assigned especially
for the brave men of CUKUROVA

do you know tobacco
the brave folk fighters
call it THE MAIDEN HAIR
it does not drink water from every artery
she does not like her place
evenly and easily
she is so delicate
she is offended easily
between two of her leaves
one part of my heart lies
ıt is wrapped in the thin paper
in troublıng tımes
being lit
offers ıtself to the friends thirsty lips
in prisons and messy gaols
relaxes you a littler bit
with the first breath inhaled
from a cigarette
wrapped in cibali factory
when you are away
from your work
from the streets
from the shores
from your beloved
and away from everyhing
and away from everwhere

the tobacco labourers are ın penury
the tobacco workers are weary
but brave
and honest and brilliant
their fame has gone and spread
far far away
beyond the oceans
the sparkling hopes
of my country

Metin SAHIN

Submitted: Friday, December 06, 2013
Edited: Friday, December 06, 2013

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