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A Sunday Poem

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Today’s poem was written by Almas Ildirim (Almas İldırım).  Almas was a poet born during the later years of the Czarist period in Azerbaijan to a wealthy family.  During his lifetime, he published many books of poems, while also being exiled from Azerbaijan twice, once to Dagestan (now the southwestern edge of Russia, just north of Azerbaijan) and another time to Turkmenistan.  He attempted to flee to Iran, but was caught while crossing the border and was subsequently tortured.  After his release, he continued the rest of his life in Turkey, passing away in 1952 at 45 years old.  The poem below is a testament to his belief in the power of the youth of Azerbaijan, a strong current that continues today.  For more poems by Almas Ildirim, check out his Azeri.org page.

I Believe in the Youth

Shred, break, and chew my heart if you wish,
But I still have an inexhaustible soul for this struggle!
Be Death and circle around my head every moment,
Still will create one more rebellion against you one day!

Did you like when I kept my silence for awhile?
Your order that made me vomit blood
Cannot make me give up!
You, on whose breast I was born and took my first steps,
The blood running through my veins is devoted to you!

My friends, my love is eternal
Who can steal this charming beauty from my heart?
There is no power that can destroy the intent of my heart,
Because I have faith in that day of salvation!

Don’t pay attention; I am wounded inside
Let my stormy youth pass
I know that I will not be disgraced,
I have hope and faith in my country’s youth.

And for the Azeri, continue below…

Gənclərə Ümidim Var

Sən istərsən qəlbimi parçala, qır, çeynə əz,
Mənim yenə bu yolda tükənməz bir canım var!
Sən ölüm ol, başımda hər an dolaş, hər an gəz,
Mənim də bir gün yenə sənə bir üsyanım var!..

Xoşmu gəldi sənə bu, bir an üçün susduğum?
Məni bu yoldan etməz, hökmünlə qan qusduğum!
Ey, qoynunda dünyaya gəlib ayaq basdığım,
Damarlarımda sənə vəqf edilmiş qanım var!

Mənim eşqim, a dostlar, əzəlidir, əzəli,
Kim çalacaq könüldən o sevdalı gözəli?!
Yox bir qüvvət ki, yıxsın qəlbimdəki əməli,
Mənim ki, o qurtuluş gününə imanım var!..

Sən aldırma içimdən yaralıyam, yaralı,
Buraq keçsin gənc ömrüm fırtınalı, boralı.*
Mən bilirəm, sonunda çıxmam üzü qaralı,
Yurdumun gənclərinə ümidim, imanım var!

*boranlı

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Written by Aaron

February 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

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