June 23rd Birthday Love: Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar

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Whole Summer

How well the whole summer passed,
nights in a small garden. . .
you white as lilies
and in a furtive thought. . .
as if in the full moon night
the reverie can’t be crossed
becoming a palace
as if in house arrest
How well the whole summer passed,
nights in the small garden. . .

-Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat

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