Sinopem (on

[The photograph is posted here with appreciation and due credit to

the homeland enters the main vein

her incomparable scent penetrates each body cell


one stunning aroma after another

thirsting for her, beyond any measure

in hunger pangs

captive in intense longing


etched in permanence into memory

my childhood in many of her spaces

carefree years of my youth

the magic of my early adulthood


in the flesh and the blood,

distant memories,

reappearing as experiences


one corner of homeland

distinctive delight

an all-embracing town,

in unison with the sea

unlocks the long forgotten.


There, where it stretches out

onto the cheery harbor

main street peeks into ancient-old tea gardens

and more sea hugs the salt factory:

Right there, Divan café,

as alert as ever before, eyeing the old prison of the inner bay

not bothered by its maturing bent

sated with ancient echoes from devouring local specialties

on a mouth-watering decorative plate

by my childhood eyes and arousing sighs

a huge piece of revani –befitting my sweet-tooth-fame,

topped with ice cream –vanilla beans,

delighting generation after generation after generation

eight in total, the loved ones of mine


farther away lies the artery of the town

extending the slender path to Ada, the famed island

a ribbon bouquet in an April 23rd  parade

Çocuk Bayramı, Children’s Festival

flowing, in sync with streets so open, alleys so hidden

sweeping from each home

a memory of mine

making one anew


my eyes locked on the path to Ada again

the town’s highest peak

one short look away to the left and the right

the sea struts its clear blue wealth and might, unabashed

like the beauty of the town’s women, young and old


and there,

a breath away

there, right before me

with its mysteries of my childhood

that spectacular house


its paint ashen hue

wooden bricks, all worn-out

still standing high in aging humility

vies to breathe a little longer

its decades-old glances down upon the sea,

a tenderness on the soil, of a new mother’s hands

on which its roots are spread, soon to finally rest

ornate windows reaching toward the immense blue of the sky

Alas! Dear beings of mine

no longer there to warm its insides


on the entry steps

my mother

ever so young

ever so pretty

cheerful, too

my heart then wanders on to the captive past

a child of very young years on the faded print

her father arrives from work

through one of the colossal front windows

seated next to her mother:

a briefcase in one hand

on his head a wide-brimmed fedora

flattering to his stately height;

the child glued to his leg

a very dear soul of mine

my grandmother, however, remains in the dark

I cannot pick her out  – have never known her

for all but one photograph

my mom next to her, her face, in the light

but, the baby on her lap

that must be the other dear being of mine

the one beloved soul in whom none of us could take much delight,

stricken by a fatal disease

bid farewell ever so young


next to me

the unique scent of my mother

the warmest warmth of her heart


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4 responses to “Sinopem (on

  1. Dear Coyote Poetry, since your comment ended with your first signature name, I did not announce your pen name in my re-posting of your comment. My apology, if you felt left out from my repeated thanks: I very much appreciated your comment on the site we share as well as your kind willingness to re-post it here on my blog site!


  2. [From dear Thomas Fitzgerald, a fellow writer from a different site…]

    Sometimes, I’m sure you’ll agree, free verse is all to greating on me. However your style of telling a story, both within the wording and imagery outplays this cliche, thank heavens. The one thing that strikes me though, is the fear you seem to display with conviction. It feels like your almost on the cusp of revealing your point of view, then you hide it, with intellect of course, but hidden none the less, a well writte piece, great read.


  3. [From a fellow writer, P.J. Baker, from a different site…]

    I can’t believe no one has commented on this yet. I’m not a free verse expert to be honest but I did pick up on the rhythm, ‘flowing, in sync with streets so open, alleys so hidden ‘ – an example of what I liked.
    In addition the story is so warming and engaging. The final line one of beauty.


  4. [From a fellow writer from a different site…]

    I like the description. Took me on a field trip with you in your words. I like the photo. It looked like a beautiful place. I like the complete poem. I like going on road trip by reading beautiful and powerful poetry.


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