2/12/2006

teasing

They have cut the cloud, cloud into three
My blood spilled, cloud into three
Face of a woman out of van Gogh
And two sailors hee hee hee.

Face of a woman small as my palm
With both eyes I saw it clearly
There were stars and I was drunk
Whose tavern is this hee hee hee.

This is Ali's tavern, and this a table
I take this rope for no one to see
I was hanged once in my childhood
Masts were on the ship hee hee hee.

Face of a woman out of van Gogh
And two sailors passed running by me
I never fell in love, love I never knew
Excluding Suheyla hee hee hee.

*Cemal Süreyya
Translated by Ayhan Sumer

*Turkish Poetry in Translation

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