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Eşrefoğlu

(1469-?)

to give the world for nothing is love

to let life flow away is love

offering the lump of sugar in your hand to another

swallowing the poison yourself is love

plagues falling from the sky like rain

holding up your head against them is love

this universe is a sea of fire

throwing yourself into it is love

you Eşrefoğlu of Anatolia know the truth

making the body mortal is love

(Translated by Nermin Menemencioğlu, 101 Poems by 101 Poets An Anthology of Turkish Poetry)