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ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY


 

Nazim HIKMET
(1902 - 1963)

 

"To fall asleep,
my love, and wake up a hundred years later..."
"No,
my century doesn’t scare me.

I’m not a deserter.
My miserable,

shameful century,
my daring,
grand,
heroic century.

I never regretted I was born too soon.
I’m a child of the twentieth century
and proud of it.
It’s enough for me

to join the ranks in the twentieth century
on our side
and fight for a new world..."

"No, earlier--in spite of everything
And my dying, dawning century,
when those who laugh last will laugh best
(my awful night that come to light with rising cries),
will be all sunshine,

like your eyes..."

(12 November 1941 )



This poem translated by Randy Blasing & Mutlu Konuk
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ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY


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