Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | September 22, 2008


by Orhan Veli Kanık (1914 – 1950).


For Free


We are living for free;

The air is for free, the clouds are for free.

Hills and dales are for free;

Rain and mud are for free;

The outside of cars,                                                     5

The entrance to movie houses,

The store windows are for free;

It is not the same as bread and cheese,

But salt water is for free;

Freedom will cost you your life,                             10

But slavery is for free;

We are living for free,

For free.


Translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat, 1989



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