The Key by Ceyhun Atuf Kansu

Look! I am but a road to you
The road you tread every morning
I am a tree to you, the acacia
In whose shadow you wait for a bus.

Tell me who you are
Let me write at the corners of streets
I’ve lost myself in your town
Your name is my street.

Tell me where your house is
Do you like afternoons or evenings?
Let me knock on your door
Unlock and show me the secret garden.

Give me the padlock of your eyes
Let me close us off from the world
Look, this is my key
Unlock yourself, there is love about to emerge
Please do not hide it.

translated by Ahu Dereli & Jean Carpenter Efe

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