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A Previously Posted Poem

exhaling ills at their worst . . .

with your arrival, dear newborn innocence,
inkpots uncovered the fading verse;
quills dipped into their dazzling universe,
and brought to life phenomenal instants
that had been sought out eternally

you helped reminisce and reflect,
showed once again how to hear, touch, smell and see;
but also to taste and to sense,
then, to forever inhale the newly dawned breath

exhaling ills at their worst . . .

© hülya n. yılmaz

 

 

 

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A Poem for Dark Times

problem-free

a new day is dawning tenderly
on rainbow-hued and ocean-scented sheets

the laughter of countless infants
appears on mouthwatering breakfast trays

our screen-free window is always wide open
it invites in the freshly-breeding families of house wrens
their united eyes watch their yet-to-be-hatched eggs
tap dance on cue – uninhibited and carefree
the matured ones chant the elating news the wind brings
amid a gentlest breeze – putting all worries at ease
the resulting love-songs taste like chilled lemonade
on a day of a hottest summer’s blaze

the world has just been declared a problem-free zone

 

This poem with which I had contributed to the 2020 international anthology, The Heart of a Poet, Words for a Better Tomorrow was published on July 7, 2020 by Inner Child Press International.

 

 

 

 

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A Prose-Poem on Audio and as Text

Without Ether

I believe the records date back to the early eleventh century. You would know, my love, as we have also shared our profession. The patients would be seized for an extended procession. To the bloody altar, they would be slowly lowered down. They would begin to drown in the agony of their pain. With a swift gash, their appendix, liver or one of the intestines would appear in its carnage glory. The spectators’ eyes would revel in their gory inventory.

Can you see now, my beloved, how it had felt at the time of my alive-autopsied end?

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From my latest book, Letter-Poems from a Beloved (prose poetry), available at Inner Child Press International and at Amazon.com

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A Prose-Poem on Audio and as Text

I Do!

Do you ever reminisce about our sensation? I do! I had lain on the emerald ground, unwrapping myself in the softness of your scent . . . alongside the compassionate creek of our first encounter . . . cradled by the rays of the afternoon sun.

Do you ever look back on the tiny ripples anew? I do! They had slowed down to honor our euphoric reunion. Witnessing our fiery souls flow into one another, learning and approving.

The wind envied our harmonious spread, and assembled its brutal forces. Thus came the abrupt end. Like a lightning. Fiercely brash.

I had kept my delicate “i” at bay, hoping for you not to float on. I have since pampered, re-dressed and preserved the ‘what ifs’ of our oft-resounding dread. They insist on haunting me yet. My old self thus is entangled in a merciless no-exit-thread.

Would you have possibly favored me instead, had I opted to defy the boulder at the barricade?

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From my latest book, Letter-Poems from a Beloved (prose poetry), available at Inner Child Press International and at Amazon.com

 

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A Prose-Poem on Audio and as Text

After You

Have you ever eaten helva, my love . . . accompanied by the sizzle of the slowly melting butter – anxious in its wait to savor each sugar flake, while the aroma of the browning flour oozes into your delightful breath, and milk drops – raptured in a dance of a most delicate blend, craving the urge to taste the ultimate feast?

Have you ever made helva, my love, when its core ingredients were scarcely found?

 

* Helva is a traditional Turkish dessert; a sweet dish that is said to have originated in the Middle East and Central and South Asia.

 

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Luxuries, 8 (A HAIKU on Audio and as Text)

A Luxury

the soul’s sufferings
a heavyweight agony
where is the laughter?

(c) hülya n. yılmaz, April 23, 2020

Bir Lüks

ruhun azapları
ızdırap, ağır bir yük
gülmeler nerede?

Türkçe’ye Çeviri: hülya n. yılmaz, 23 Nisan, 2020

Ein Luxus

die leidenschaften der seele
ein schweres gewicht, die qual
wo sind die gelächter?

Übersetzung ins Deutsche: hülya n. yılmaz, April 23, 2020

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Luxuries, 7 (A HAIKU on Audio and as Text)

A Luxury

no differences
mortality unites us
a virus did it

hülya n. yılmaz, April 2, 2020

(In Turkish translation)

Bir Lüks, 20

hiç bir fark yok
ölümcül olmada biriz
bir virüs yaptı bunu

Türkçe’ye Çeviri: hülya n. yılmaz, 2 Nisan 2020

(In German translation)

Ein Luxus, 20

kein einziger unterschied mehr
eins sind wir in unserer sterblichkeit
ein virus hat’s geschafft

Übersetzung ins Deutsche: hülya n. yılmaz, April 2, 2020

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Luxuries, 6 (on Audio and as Text)

Dear visitor, I am posting my weekly HAIKU not only on audio but also as text this time. My Turkish and German translations appear under their designated headings. What I hope to be a more convenient approach for anyone with potential audio-issues comes to you with my heartfelt thanks to a very dear poet friend, Jean-Jacques Fournier, for his suggestion in this direction. (Thank you also for being an avid reader of my poetry and for leaving your precious comments for me to cherish, dearest Jean-Jacques!)

a luxury

eager ants at work
hauling loads bigger than life
never losing hope

© hülya n. yılmaz, March 11, 2020

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(In Turkish Translation)

bir lüks

iş başında gayretli karıncalar
hayattan büyük yükler taşımaktalar
asla kaybetmeden umudu

Türkçe’ye Çeviri: © hülya n. yılmaz, 11 Mart 2020

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(In German Translation)

ein Luxus

eifrige ameisen . . . fleissig bei der arbeit
schleppen gewichte . . . schwerer als das leben
die hoffnung geben sie nie auf

Übersetzung ins Deutsche: © hülya n. yılmaz, am elften März, 2020

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Luxuries, 5 (A HAIKU on Audio)

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Luxuries, 4 (A HAIKU on Audio)

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