Nazim Hikmet

(1902-1963 / Turkey)

Nazim Hikmet Poems

1. You Are My Drunkenness 4/20/2010
2. The Miniature Woman 4/20/2010
3. The Japanese Fisherman 4/20/2010
4. To Samet Vurgun 4/20/2010
5. The Faces Of Our Women 4/20/2010
6. On The Fifth Day Of A Hunger Strike 4/20/2010
7. The Walnut Tree 4/20/2010
8. After Release From Prison 4/20/2010
9. Thinking Of You 4/20/2010
10. Since I’ve Been In Jail 4/20/2010
11. Five Lines 4/20/2010
12. I Think Of You... 4/20/2010
13. I Want To Die Before You 4/20/2010
14. You 4/20/2010
15. Poems For Piraye (9 To 10 O’clock Poems) 4/20/2010
16. Today Is Sunday 1/13/2003
17. Hiroshima Child 4/20/2010
18. I Love You 4/20/2010
19. Gioconda And Si-Ya-U 1/13/2003
20. Last Will And Testament 1/13/2003
21. Lion In An Iron Cage 1/13/2003
22. About My Poetry 1/13/2003
23. Angina Pectoris 1/13/2003
24. Autobiography 1/13/2003
25. Don Quixote 1/13/2003
26. The Strangest Creature On Earth 1/13/2003
27. Regarding Art 1/13/2003
28. Our Eyes 1/13/2003
29. Some Advice To Those Who Will Serve Time In Prison 1/13/2003
30. A Spring Piece Left In The Middle 1/13/2003
31. Letters From A Man In Solitary 1/13/2003
32. It's This Way 1/13/2003
33. Hymn To Life 1/13/2003
34. A Sad State Of Freedom 1/13/2003
35. Letter To My Wife 1/13/2003
36. On Living 1/13/2003
37. Things I Didn'T Know I Loved 1/13/2003
38. Optimistic Man 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Nazim Hikmet

Optimistic Man

as a child he never plucked the wings off flies
he didn't tie tin cans to cats' tails
or lock beetles in matchboxes
or stomp anthills
he grew up
and all those things were done to him
I was at his bedside when he died
he said read me a poem
about the sun and the sea
about nuclear reactors and satellites
about the greatness of humanity

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Our Eyes

Our eyes
are limpid
drops of water.
In each drop exists
a tiny sign
of our genius
which has given life to cold iron.
Our eyes
are limpid

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