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Nazım Hikmet

(1901-1963)

Today is Sunday

Today is Sunday

For the first time they took me out into the sun today

And for the first time in my life I wasaghast

that the sky is so far away

                     and so blue

                     and so vast

         I stood there without a motion.

Then I sat on the ground in respectful devotion

learning against the white wall.

Who cares about the waves with which I yearn to roll

Or about strife of freedom or my wife right now.

I feel joyful and how.

(Translated by Talat Sait Halman, 101Poems by 101Poets An Anthology of Turkish Poetry)