Cave

in the cave within me
lie shriveled corpses
poisonous ones smiling
in emerald ruby beds
who came once
as thieves
to bid me farewell

in the cave within me
there’s a mound of books
look close and you’ll see
painted faces move their eyes
and speak
their faces my face
their eyes my eyes

 

Asaf Halet Çelebi
Translated by George Messo

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