ARE YOU A THINKING MAN ?
Doom-birds shuttling back and forth seem to weave in the air the rug of despair. Positions have been taken up, there's gunfire back there, Cannon-balls darkly shake the earth under your feet Can't you hear? Lift up your head you've slept enough, If you call this a heart, these arteries Let them not beat or pulse any more, Be something, a voice, a light, a fist. Before evil winds bring your roof down on your head, Before flood-waters acre after acre carry off The land you walk on to the vast seas Make haste Now is the time to start things with the rising sun Back, go back to the books you had spat upon The sweat of hard work in their every line The sun shining on their every page Don't feel ashamed the guilt is not all yours Tear up the degrees you were given at thirty Be a child with an alphabet Roads are blocked, fields surrounded, Barbed wire rampant everywhere Birds of prey circling overhead. Don’t say ‘I give up, it’s beyond me’ Open both arms, open them wide And be a scarecrow
Rıfat ILGAZTranslated by Feyyaz Kayacan