The Steps Going Down to the Sea by Behçet Aysan

along the tracks of the railway I’d walk
and the gray sky keeping me company
would walk too.

and toward the factories
slow buses heavy and cumbersome
full of workmen

all I knew of life
would walk along too.

blackouts as dead as the night
and enlightened options bright
would walk too

sunflowers tracking the  sun
bitter explosions of pain

doors that had been locked
hopes that were supressed

a silence thwarting even the sun

this hell of mine
and love so fine

all of this walked too

Suddenly I realized
I’d arrived.

translated by Sezen Kaya & Jean Carpenter Efe

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