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Kemalettin Kamu

(1901-1948)



Frontiers Waters

Does anyone cry halt, or bar the way?

Whose are these waters, whose these men in arms?

 

By the banks of the Maritza

My horse bent its head;

A rifle-shot, the Bulgar,

The Grek, ten steps ahead.

 

Stop, my horse, like a query!

Bend your head to the stream,

Look at the yellow Tunja,

Of the great Danube, dream!

(Translated by Bernard Lewis, 101Poems by 101Poets An Anthology of Turkish Poetry)