Aaron in Azerbaijan

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A Sunday Poem

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Today’s poem comes from Abdulla Şaiq, called Forward.  Şaiq lived at the turn of the 20th century and was a school teacher.  His work was popular during the Soviet Union and before, as he espoused ideals of internationalism and pacifism.  He also supported the Musavat Party, the main political party during the first round of Azerbaijan’s independence from 1918-1920.  I’ve also enjoyed his short story, Undelivered Letter.

Forward

Forget about the past, my dear,
Don’t touch it anymore!
Don’t raise those heavy curtains of yesteryear!
The past has always been a well
With a thousand ladders,
A dragon, a snake, sleeping on each one.
Don’t open that well, my child.
Never open it.
Don’t play the saz of the past,
Grieving souls any more.
Let them rot on the stalk in that dark cemetery,
Don’t allow your young life to be poisoned, my dear!
Go forward, and don’t look back;
There is no need!
Think always of the future;
Keep your eyes focused on it!
Don’t forget that those bright eyes
Beneath your forehead.
Were given to see what lies in front of you-
To follow the way.
Always set your eyes forward and seek the bright way
And go, go, and don’t stop.
Away from that stormy, dreary past!
Go, go with fiery, firm steps. Don’t stop, go on!
Believe me, there’s a world, like a paradise, ahead,
The sun will rise
And happiness will shine forth tomorrow.

Translated by Aytan Aliyeva and Aynura Huseinova

In Azeri…

İrəli

Keçmişləri unut, quzum, artıq ona əl vurma!
O dumanlı pərdələri üzərindən qaldırma!
Ora min bir nərdinavı quyu olmuş hər zaman,
Hər nərdivanda yuxlayır bir əjdəha,ç bir ilan.
Sakın, açıma, quzum, o quyunun ağzını,
Çalma artıq keçmişlərin ruh inlədən sazını.
Burax, onlar o qaranlq məzarlığa atılsın,
Razı olma gənc ömrünə gülüm, zəhər qatılsın.
İrəliyə doğru yürü, yürü, arxana baxma.
Gələcəyi düşün daim, onu gözdən buraxma!
Unutma ki, o alnının altında nurlu gözlər
İrəlini görmək üçün verilmişdir, yol izlər,
Sən o parlaq yol izləyən gözlərini daima
İrəliyə dik hər zaman, yürü, yürü və durma.
O dumanlı, fırtınalı keçmişlərdən uzaqlaş!
Odlu, mətin addımlarla yürü, yürü, durma, arş!
İrəlidə inanın ki, bir cənnət qədər cahan var.
Sabah günəş orda doğar, səadət orda parlar.

 

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Written by Aaron

December 26, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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