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Alaeddin Özdenören

(1940 - 29/6/2003)

Kerem’s Satchel

in your satchel

you carried your smiles

and with them covered the cheeks

of crying children


also your exercise boks

were in there

in those boks your little heart

pulsated like stars


in the depths ou your satchel

little birds have made their nests


your satchel was very heavy my son

but what a lovely weight that must have been

no sadness in you when you carried it.

(Translated by Mevlut Ceylan, 101Poems by 101Poets An Anthology of Turkish Poetry)