>ORHAN VELI – WAVE

Posted: 20 March 2011 in ORHAN VELI
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I

I need neither paper nor pen

To imagine I’m happy.

A cigarette stuck between my fingers,

I plunge into the blue

Of the painting before me.


The sea drags me along and I go;
The sea pulls, land holds back.
What is there in the air?
Booze or something like that?
Drives you mad, gets you drunk.

 

It’s all lies, I know;
It’s a lie that I’m a barge or a boat;
The coolness of water in my ribs,
The wind humming through the loops,
The engine whirring for weeks on end –
All lies.

 

And yet,
Some lovely days,
I can live in the joy of the blue,
Floating like a watermelon rind
Like the shadow of a tree over the sky,
Like the haze that engulfs the plums at dawn,
Like the haze, the fog, love and fragrance.

II

Neither paper will suffice nor pen

For me to imagine myself happy.

All this is, well, claptrap.

I am neither barge nor boat.

I should be somewhere else,

At a much different place,

Neither like a watermelon rind

Nor light nor fog nor haze…

But like a human being.
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