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Yaşamak Living

I
Biliyorum, kolay değil yaşamak,
Gönül verip türkü söylemek yar üstüne;
Yıldız ışığında dolaşıp geceleri,
Gündüzleri gün ışığında ısınmak;
Şöyle bir fırsat bulup yarım gün,
Yan gelebilmek Çamlıca tepesine...
-Bin türlü mavi akar Boğaz'dan-
Her şeyi unutabilmek maviler içinde.

II
Biliyorum, kolay değil yaşamak;
Ama işte
Bir ölünün hala yatağı sıcak,
Birinin saati işliyor kolunda.
Yaşamak kolay değil ya kardeşler,
Ölmek de değil;

Kolay değil bu dünyadan ayrılmak.


I
I know living isn't an easy thing to do
Or falling in love and singing of your girl
Taking a stroll under the stars at night
Warming up in the sunshine by day
Sneaking out for half a day to take it easy
On top of Istanbul's loveliest hill
- Countless shades of blue flow in the Bosphorus -
And to forget all in the legions of blues.

II
I know living isn't an easy thing to do
But look
The bed of a dead man is still warm,
A dead man's wrist watch is ticking.
Brother, living is no easy affair,
But dying isn't easy, either.

Leaving the world isn't easy at all.



Orhan Veli Kanık
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