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Aşık Veysel

(1894-1975)

Let Friends remember me

I go and my name stays

Let friends remember me

A wedding a holiday

Let friends remember me

 

The soul does not in a cage it flies away

The world is caravanserai where one settles then moves off

The moon goes round years pass

Let friends remember me

 

The soul will depart from the body

The chimney does not smoke and the fire does not burn

Let there be armfuls of salaams

Let friends remember me

 

I would neither have come nor gone

Day by day my troubles mounted up

My place and my village stay desolate

Let friends remember me

 

All sorts of flowers blossom and die

Who has laughed and who will laugh?

Happiness is a die and death a truth

Let friends remember me

 

It’s afternoon then the evening comes

See what happens to one

Veysel goes, his name stays

Let friends remember me

(Translated by Richard McKane, 101Poems by 101Poets An Anthology of Turkish Poetry)