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

POEM OF THE DAY: For Free

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

 

Notes:

http://www.turkishculture.org/pages.php?ChildID=125&ParentID=3&ID=4&ChildID1=651&miMore=1

http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~sibel/poetry/books/i_orhan_veli/


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