There’s something I have learned from what I’ve lived through:
If you’re to live something, live it to its fullest
Your beloved should fall exhausted from your kisses
You should fall exhausted from smelling a flower
One can watch the sky for hours
Can for hours watch the sea, a bird, a child
To live on earth is to mingle with it
Growing roots that cannot be eradicated
When you hug a friend you should hug him vigorously
You should fight with all your muscles, body, passion
And once you stretch out on the hot sand
You should rest like a grain of sand, a leaf, a stone
One should listen to all the beautiful music on earth
So as to fill all his being with sounds and songs
One should dive into life as if
Diving from a rock into an emerald sea
Distant lands should lure you, people you do not know
You should burn with the desire to read all the books, to know all the lives
You should not exchange for anything the pleasure of drinking a glass of water
All the joys should fill you with the yearning to live
And you should know grief also, with honor, with all your being
For grief also, like joy, matures a person
Your blood should mingle with the great circulation of life
In your veins must circulate the eternal fresh blood of life
There is something I have learned from what I’ve lived through:
If you’re to live, live big, as if you are mingling with the rivers, the sky, the whole universe
For what we call a life span is a gift to life
And life is a gift to mankind
translated by Suat Karantag
10 thoughts on “There’s Something I Have Learned from What I’ve Lived by Ataol Behramoğlu”
Oh yes – now this one I love…. Inspirational
Glad you both liked it. It is an inspiring poem.
So deep and beautiful… Great poem in many levels, Leonard. Best wishes, Aquileana 😀
Thank you. It struck me the same way. Unfortunately I can’t find very many of his poems in translation but I like this one very, very much.
Beautiful way to live life. “Live life love life”!
Thank you. I’m glad you liked it. I will have to check out your blog later when I have more time after I get home.
Reblogged this on Leonard Durso.
There’s nothing left but to walk outside into the darkness, nod and say bravo.