Monday morning, open market, Maltepe; Istanbul

stalls spread out
for blocks
under canvas canopies
cherries apricots grapes
artichokes broccoli corn
men women pulling carts
a leisurely stroll
amid produce of the day
olives cheese nuts
shoes shirts pots pans
life going on
with food to buy
for dinner tonight tomorrow
this is the Turkey
I know I love
aware of unseen danger
but alive anyway

15 thoughts on “Monday morning, open market, Maltepe; Istanbul

  1. This is the Istanbul I remember. Thank you for the vibrant depiction of a place and a people I miss a lot. What is happening today is very sad and tragic. But I share the sense of hope that you have despite the uncertainty of the day…. Bless you…

  2. It’s trite to say my thoughts are with her. Turkey has an ancient history dating back to the time many Westerners were still beating rocks together. I wish her strength in this latest onslaught and may she remain free.

    • Yes, it is true this is an ancient land but please don’t confuse the present country with the land which has been home to many different peoples: Persians, Greeks, Romans, Seljuks, and others too numerous to mention, and then, of course, the Ottomans and what is now Turkey. This land has always been at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. I love it here, the people, the culture, and, of course, the history. The people here, as well as everywhere, must never give in to the fear fanatics try to use to have power over them. I’m glad we agree on that.

  3. My husband and I (in the states) had a solemn talk after we heard about the airport attack. It just hit me hard knowing how many attacks already Turkey has had this year alone. I was saying to him that I knew people would be back to the streets the next day but I wasn’t sure if I had that kind of bravery inside me. I think I am in awe of people who do.

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