Aaron in Azerbaijan

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A Sunday Poem

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This week’s poem comes from Məmməd Araz, a poet born in 1933.  Araz adopted his pen name (given name: Məmməd İbrahim) as a way to highlight the frustration friends and relatives experienced as many Azerbaijanis were caught stuck on either side of the Araz River, separating Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan on Azerbaijan’s southern border.  Until the collapse of the Soviet Union, these friends and relatives couldn’t visit or call each other.  From his Azeri.org page, here is his poem, The Flower Which Appeared in the Wrong Season:

The Flower Which Appeared in the Wrong Season

I would not restrain myself,
If there were no rules, no traditions.
I would not hold back,
If children who call me “Father” had not pulled me back.

You have the right to get angry with me,
What to do?
Life has no second spring.
The mansion of love is not accessible to everyone.

Now you resemble a flower,
Growing unseasonably under the snow.
If I don’t pick you, the storm will slay you,
If I do, you will fade away in my hands, dear one.

Enjoy the Azerbaijani:

Vədəsiz Çiçək

Bəlkə də dönməzdim bu həvəsimdən,
Qanunlar, adətlər, hədlər olmasa.
Oğlumun, qızımın ata səsindən
Araya çəkilən sədlər olmasa.

Yağdır ünvanıma sözün var nə ki,
Bir ömrün ikinci baharı yoxdur.
Neyləyim, məhəbbət evinin də ki,
əldən ələ keçən açarı yoxdur.

Sən indi vədəsiz, qar altdan çıxan
Məsum bir çiçəyə bənzərsən, gülüm,
Dərməsəm qorxuram soldura tufan,
əlimdə solarsan, dərərsəm, gülüm.

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Written by Aaron

January 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm

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