Orhan Veli


Country: Turkey
Language(s): Turkmen
My Gold-Toothed One

 

Come, my darling, come with me:
Let me buy you silk stockings,
Take you on taxi rides,
Escort you to concerts.
Come,
Come my gold-toothed one,
My eye-shadowed one, my wavy-haired one, my tease;
My cork-heeled one, my whore, come.

Translated from the Turkish by Deniz Perin

 

 

Reply

––From the butcher’s cat to the street cat––

You speak of hunger,
So you must be communist.
So, it’s you who’s been burning down all those buildings:
The ones in Istanbul,
The ones in Ankara––
You pig, you!

Translated from the Turkish by Deniz Perin