Nazim Hikmet: Seviyorum seni

Nazım Hikmet, "Seviyorum Seni..."

It’s been a long, long time since I have written about our very own in-house puppet lovers, Celebi the modern lover and Khadijah, the servant girl from Ottoman Egypt.  Defying tradition with the declaration of their love, these two are planning their marriage against all odds.  Nothing can stop their love, though, and they send eachother love poetry on a regular basis…here is the latest that they have dug up, in English and Turkish, from the famed Nazim Hikmet.

I love you
like dipping bread into salt and eating
Like waking up at night with high fever
and drinking water, with the tap in my mouth
Like unwrapping the heavy box from the postman
with no clue what it is
fluttering, happy, doubtful
I love you
like flying over the sea in a plane for the first time
Like something moves inside me
when it gets dark softly in Istanbul
I love you
Like thanking God that we live.

Seviyorum seni
ekmeği tuza banıp yer gibi
Geceleyin ateşler içinde uyanarak
ağzımı dayayıp musluğa su içer gibi
Ağır posta paketini
neyin nesi belirsiz
telaşlı, sevinçli, kuşkulu açar gibi
Seviyorum seni
denizi ilk defa uçakla geçer gibi
İstanbul’da yumuşacık kararırken ortalık
içimde kımıldayan birşeyler gibi
Seviyorum seni
Yaşıyoruz çok şükür der gibi.

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3 Responses to Nazim Hikmet: Seviyorum seni

  1. What a beautiful poem. I love it! I love the line “fluttering, happy, doubtful”…”when it gets dark softly in Istanbul”, I can relate to every word.

  2. E. says:

    Thank you, T! it is evocative, isn’t it?

  3. Selvieismail says: ingin bertanya.. dulu, stewkau bljr di shah alam, saya beliawanispembina shah alam. sekarang sy dh kembali ke tempat asal di pdg serai, kedah.mcm mana sy nk contact dgn isma kepala batas, pulau pinang?syukran.Waalaikumussalam.Mohon puan/cik tinggal no telefon dan InsyaAllah ISMA KB akan hubungi Puan/Cik.WasalamAdmin

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