NAZIM HIKMET – TO ASIAN AND AFRICAN WRITERS

Posted: 12 November 2011 in NAZIM HIKMET
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TO ASIAN AND AFRICAN WRITERS

My brothers and my sisters
never mind my blond hair
I am an Asian
never mind my blue eyes
I am an African
where I come from trees don’t cast shadows down below

just like the ones you have

where I come from the bread is in the jaws of the lion
and the dragons lie in front of the fountains
where I come from people die before reaching

the age of fifty

just like where you come from
never mind my blond hair
I am an Asian
never mind my blue eyes
I am an African
eighty percent of my people are illiterate
poems wander from mouth to mouth turning into songs
poems can become banners where I come from

just like the ones where you come from
my brothers and my sisters
our poems yoked to the skinny ox should be able to till the land
our poems knee deep in mud should enter the rice fields
our poems should be able to ask all the questions
our poems should be able to gather all the lights
our poems like the milestones

should be able to stand at the crossroads
see the approaching enemy before anyone else
beat the tom-toms in the jungles
and until on this earth not a single slave country or slave
not a single atomic cloud remain
our poems should be able to give all they have
their minds, their souls and their lives

for the great freedom.
January 22, 1962
Moscow
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