All Of A Sudden by Orhan Veli Kanik

Everything happened all of a sudden.
All of a sudden daylight beat down on the earth;
There was the sky all of a sudden;
All of a sudden steam began to rise from the soil.
There were tendrils all of a sudden, buds all of a sudden.
And there were fruits all of a sudden.
All of a sudden,
All of a sudden,
Girls all of a sudden, boys all of a sudden.
Roads, moors, cats, people. . .
And there was love all of a sudden,
Happiness all of a sudden.

translated  by Anil Mericelli



9 thoughts on “All Of A Sudden by Orhan Veli Kanik

  1. Wow, I love this! Thanks for sharing. If I didn’t follow your blog I would never read all these amazing works. It’s great to read your original pieces, as well!

      • I don’t know if it’s still in print but I have a copy of his poems translated into English called I, Orhan Veli. The translator is Murat Nemet-Nejat and it was published byHanging Loose Press in Brooklyn, NY first in 1989, but second printing was in 2001. You might try writing to them. Address: 231 Wyckoff Street Brooklyn, NY 11217. You might be able to find them online, too. Also the same translator edited a collection of Turkish poetry called A Brave New Quest and included several of his translations of Veli’s work. That, I believe, you can still get on amazon. I used it as a source for several posting of Turkish poets.

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