Poems by Tarana Turan Rahimli (Azerbaijan) / Translator: Sevil Gulten

Tarana Turan Rahimli (Azerbaijan)

Tarana Turan Rahimli is an Azerbaijani poet, writer, journalist, translator, literary critic, teacher, academic, is an active member of the International Literary Agency in Turkey and Azerbaijan. She is a PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of Azerbaijan and World Literature Chair of Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University, author of 7 books and more than 400 articles. She is the editor and reviewer of 20 monographs and poetry books.The work has been published in more than 15 Western and Eastern countries. She is works were published in Azerbaijan, England, Italy, Spain, USA, Germany, Belgium, Chile, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tatarstan, Uzbekistan and other countries. Poems and articles have been published in many international sites around the world, on periodicals and in anthologies.

The state of being without you

I see you as soon as I close my eyes,
When I open my eyes I see the state of being without you.
When I ran towards the state of being without you
With the help of the sail of grief I return to you.
My state of being without you
Is like a gulp of breath
Or a gulp of fresh air
On the way leading you.
After a quarrel with you
My state of being without you
Is a fight inside of me…

 

Don’t look like me, my daughter!

They resemble you to me, my daughter,
Don’t look like me, my daughter!
Look at my gray hairs,
Don’t look like me, my daughter!

I eat a grief the clock round,
I undress sorrow and put on grief.
I warn you as much as early,
Don’t look like me, my daughter!

Hide patience inside of you,
Hide your secrets inside of you,
Hide your face from the sorrow
Don’t look like me, my daughter!

Pay attention neither to creeping shadow,
Nor try to be knocked at any time.
Become flames, try to destroy darkness,
Don’t look like me, my daughter!

All around me are devils,
They don’t let me become myself.
Oh, my darling, try to find your own being
Don’t look like me, my daughter!

 

Translator: Sevil Gulten

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