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TANPINAR, Ahmet Hamdi


I have the fear of all things that end,

I am the Blue Eagle who drags the dawn

Along in his iron beak. . .

. . . . . . . . . . . .And life is caught

Within my claws like dangling emeralds

And deathlessness along my lovely swoop

Now bites the thirsty antelope of time.

translated by Talat S. Halman