Orhan Veli Kanik

(13 April 1914 – 14 November 1950 / İstanbul)

Hoy Lu-Lu - Poem by Orhan Veli Kanik

I wish I too had black friends
With strange unheard-of names.
I wish I could travel with them
All the way from Madagascar To China.
I wish one of them,
On the deck, gazing at the stars,
Would sing 'Hoy lu-lu' every night.

I wish I could run into one of them
Out of the clear blue
In Paris.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010



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