YUNUS EMRE

Posted: 11 November 2012 in YUNUS EMRE
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Dear Friend, let me plunge in the sea of love,
Let me sink into that sea and walk on.
Let both worlds become my sphere where I can
Delight in the mystic glee and walk on.

Let me become the nightingale that sings
A soul freed from the dead body’s yearnings;
Let me bury my head in my two hands,
Take the path to unity and walk on.

Thank heaven, I saw the Friend’s lovely face
And drank the wine of the lovers embrace.
It severs me from you-it’s a disgrace
I’ll abandon this city and walk on.

Yunus drifts in the throes of love’s torture:
Of all woes, his is the worst to endure.
For my distress only you hold the cure,
I’ll ash for that remedy and walk on.

Reference: Halman, Talat Sait. 1993. Yunus Emre: Selected Poems Translated by Talat Sait Halman. Ankara: Ministry of Culture

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