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lend me an island
surround it with tranquil seas
i shall build a fort there
to keep all children away
from harm’s way
love alone will shelter that sphere

my grandson turns four today
i am in a trance with joy
for i lived to relive his birth
on that magical day
i cannot however possibly ignore
lost little anonymous lives galore  

© hülya n. yılmaz, 12.7.2017


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curses to that sea
she is idyllic
oh yes
but ever so merciless

why do lullabies not rise instead
for angel-breaths like Aylan Kurdi
who had a mere three-year-span
to be loved in tenderness . . .

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From “hülya’s Poetic Impulses of Candor” in my newest book of poetry: Aflame. Memoirs in Verse. Inner Child Press Ltd. (August 2, 2017); available at inner child press
Also available at inner child press are the following:
An Aegean Breeze of Peace, a book of poetry that I have co-authored with
Demetrios Trifiatis (October 12, 2015), and
Trance (December 12, 2013) ~ My trilingual poetry book with my own translations between English, German and Turkish

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“Start now. Start where you are. Start with fear. Start with pain. Start with doubt. Start with handshaking. Start with voice trembling but start. Start and don’t stop. Start where you are, with what you have. Just . . . start.” ~ Ijeoma Umebinyuo

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“Simply allow your thoughts
and experiences
to come and go,
without ever
grasping at them.”

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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“You can’t cross the sea
merely by standing and
staring at the water.”

Rabindranath Tagore

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“To a bird’s song I listen.
Not for the voice, but for the silence
following after the song.”
Yone Noguchi

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“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” ~ Alan Watts

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