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Letter To My Wife Analysis



Author: poem of Nazim Hikmet Type: poem Views: 12

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                                 11-11-1933

                                 Bursa Prison


My one and only!

Your last letter says:

"My head is throbbing,

               my heart is stunned!"

You say:

"If they hang you,

           if I lose you,

                     I'll die!"

You'll live, my dear--

my memory will vanish like black smoke in the wind.

Of course you'll live, red-haired lady of my heart:

in the twentieth century

                    grief lasts

                         at most a year.



Death--

a body swinging from a rope.

My heart

         can't accept such a death.

But

you can bet

     if some poor gypsy's hairy black

               spidery hand

                  slips a noose

                      around my neck,

they'll look in vain for fear

                      in Nazim's

                          blue eyes!

In the twilight of my last morning

I

will see my friends and you,

and I'll go

to my grave

            regretting nothing but an unfinished song...

My wife!

Good-hearted,

golden,

eyes sweeter than honey--my bee!

Why did I write you

                   they want to hang me?

The trial has hardly begun,

and they don't just pluck a man's head

                             like a turnip.

Look, forget all this.

If you have any money,

               buy me some flannel underwear:

my sciatica is acting up again.

And don't forget,

a prisoner's wife

               must always think good thoughts.





Trans. by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk (1993)






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