A Dream Far Away by Güven Turan

On the plains behind the cliff
An unsheltering wind
Uproots the shrubs
Gives way to cane beds
Even in mid summer
Seagulls
Flee southward to hunt

Without planting a tree
I can leave my body and go
Near one of the traps I’ve set
On the third day the moss hides
Within forty days the ice petrıfies

To become so attached to a dream
To expand the saddening wastes of the city
Even when her picture has decayed on my table

Before a new thunderstorm arises
One should pull the boat ashore

translated by Suat Karantay

8 thoughts on “A Dream Far Away by Güven Turan

  1. so much imagery – and love the way the opening ‘on the plains behind the cliff an unsheltering wind…’ leads so well to those last two lines – Before a new thunderstorm arises one should pull the boat ashore’. Applies to so many things…

  2. Unsheltering, uproots, waste, decay: I read, ouch! Concise writing and deeper than the seventeen lines would suggest. The thunderstorm in the penultimate line refers to the unsheltering wind in the first,

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