Weekend Reflections + . . . (=Impulses)

Sil Baştan

Gücün var mı sevgilim,
Derin sularda inci tanesi aramaya?
Cesaretin kaldıysa
Hala benle aşktan konuşmaya
Söyle canım sevgilim
Hayat bize oyun oynuyor olabilir mi?
Yorgun gibi bir halin var
Duyguların karışık olabilir mi?
Sil baştan başlamak gerek bazen
Hayatı sıfırlamak
Sil baştan sevmek gerek bazen
Herşeyi unutmak
Sanki bugün son günmüş gibi
Dolu dolu yaşamak istiyorum ben
Her ne çıkarsa yoluma
Selam verip yürümek istiyorum ben
Sil baştan başlamak gerek bazen
Hayatı sıfırlamak
Sil baştan sevmek gerek bazen
Herşeyi unutmak

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Start Over

Are you strong enough, my Love
To look for a piece of pearl in deep seas?
If you have courage left in you still
To talk of love with me,
Tell me then my Heart, my Beloved,
Could life be playing with us?
You seem to have a tired look about you.
Could it be that you are harboring mixed emotions inside you?

One must start over sometimes,
Must reset the clock of life.
One must love all over again,
Must forget everything.

I want to live this day to the fullest
As if it were the last;
I want to walk on after I salute
Whatever comes my way.

One must start over sometimes,
Must reset the clock of life.
One must love all over again,
Must forget everything.

(Own Turkish to English translation, 6.4.2017)

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2 responses to “Weekend Reflections + . . . (=Impulses)

  1. I want to feel
    The texture
    Of the ground
    That be the world
    Which so surrounds
    The life I am,
    […]

    I have read many of your poems, dear Jean-Jacques, but cannot remember feeling the succinct intensity in the emotional tone you assign to the one you share. Enchantment is the word I will resort to as far as my reaction after reading your “- matters of life and soul -” today. Your entire poem captivated me to the extent that I read it several times in order to do justice to each nuance in it. Still -as I, too, am guilty when readers of certain tendencies are concerned; in my urge to keep coming back to specific lines again and again. The state of elevated existence you summarize with your lines, ‘learning to touch the air [you] breathe’ had, for instance, an exceptional impact on me -in addition to the part I quote above. As for the parts I have left out in my individual mention, I want to stress with utmost emphasis my object of delight: your realization of (your) life’s delicacy, and your ensuing hunger and thirst to devour each and every one of its offerings – past and present, all of which having had their triggering effect on that realization. So beautiful, dear friend! Thank you for sharing.

    P.S. I wish I could take credit for “Start Over”. Only the English translation from the Turkish original of the song lyrics (=a poem nevertheless!) is a product of my work. Best wishes!

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  2. What a beautiful voice rendering such beautiful soulful music, to accompany your Start Over emotional moving words. I would like to thank you for sharing both poem and music, by sending you a copy of a poem I wrote in March 2008 and publish in my 2nd book, titled Living Life ~ Matters of body and soul ~ which speaks the kind of language reflected in your Start Over.

    “ Living Life ”
    ~ matters
    of body and soul ~

    I want to walk
    About as if forever
    I’m to be around,
    I want to feel
    The texture
    Of the ground
    That be the world
    Which so surrounds
    The life I am,
    I want to know
    I can so look
    With assiduity
    That I may feel
    With all my being,
    While I learn to touch
    The air I breathe…

    I want to taste
    Of life and so devour
    Hungrily each morsel
    Of every shade
    Or colour,
    I want to smell
    The fragrances
    That embrace
    My existence,
    Till I no longer be,
    But not until
    My spirit opts to fly
    To find a place
    Worthy of life’s race,
    Hence so to glimpse
    Thru wizened eyes
    That can but see,
    Living life
    Be matters
    Of body and soul!

    © Jean-Jacques Fournier

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