Posted: 12 November 2011 in NAZIM HIKMET
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Before the time runs out, my rose,

before Paris is burned down and destroyed,
before the time runs out, my rose,
and my heart is still on its branch,
I, one night, one of these May nights,
holding you against the wall in Quai Voltaire,
must kiss you on the lips
then turning our faces toward Notre Dame

we must gaze at its rose window
my rose, suddenly you must embrace me,
with fear, surprise and happiness,
sobbing silently,

the stars too must pour
mixed with a drizzling rain.
Before the time runs out, my rose,
before Paris is burned down and destroyed,

before the time runs out, my rose, and my heart is still on its branch, In this night of May

we must pass by the quay

under the willows, my rose,
the weeping willows that are drenched.
I must tell you the most beautiful couple of words of Paris,

the loveliest and truest,
then whistling some airs
I must die of happiness
and we must have faith in human beings.
Up there stone houses
without ledges or recesses
stuck together
and their walls are all moonlight
and their windows straight up

are sleeping standing up
and on the shore across the Louvre
bathed in floodlights
our crystal palace
illuminated for us.

Before the time runs out, my rose,
Before Paris is burned and destroyed,
 before the time runs out, my rose,

and my heart is still on its branch,
in this night of May on the quay we must sit
on the red barrels in front of the warehouses.

The canal across fades into darkness.

A barge is passing,
my rose, let’s say hello,
let’s say hello to the barge with the yellow cabin.

Is she on her way to Belgium or to Holland?
In the cabin door a woman with a white apron
is smiling sweetly.

Before the time runs out, my rose,
before Paris is burned down and destroyed,
before the time runs out, my rose…
People of Paris, people of Paris,
You mustn’t let Paris be burned and destroyed…

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