Nazim Hikmet

(1902-1963 / Turkey)

Nazim Hikmet Poems

1. To Samet Vurgun 4/20/2010
2. The Japanese Fisherman 4/20/2010
3. You Are My Drunkenness 4/20/2010
4. The Miniature Woman 4/20/2010
5. The Walnut Tree 4/20/2010
6. The Faces Of Our Women 4/20/2010
7. Thinking Of You 4/20/2010
8. On The Fifth Day Of A Hunger Strike 4/20/2010
9. After Release From Prison 4/20/2010
10. Five Lines 4/20/2010
11. Since I’ve Been In Jail 4/20/2010
12. You 4/20/2010
13. I Think Of You... 4/20/2010
14. I Want To Die Before You 4/20/2010
15. Hiroshima Child 4/20/2010
16. I Love You 4/20/2010
17. Poems For Piraye (9 To 10 O’clock Poems) 4/20/2010
18. Today Is Sunday 1/13/2003
19. Gioconda And Si-Ya-U 1/13/2003
20. About My Poetry 1/13/2003
21. Angina Pectoris 1/13/2003
22. Autobiography 1/13/2003
23. Last Will And Testament 1/13/2003
24. Don Quixote 1/13/2003
25. A Spring Piece Left In The Middle 1/13/2003
26. Lion In An Iron Cage 1/13/2003
27. The Strangest Creature On Earth 1/13/2003
28. Letters From A Man In Solitary 1/13/2003
29. Regarding Art 1/13/2003
30. Our Eyes 1/13/2003
31. Hymn To Life 1/13/2003
32. A Sad State Of Freedom 1/13/2003
33. It's This Way 1/13/2003
34. Some Advice To Those Who Will Serve Time In Prison 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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It's This Way

I stand in the advancing light,
my hands hungry, the world beautiful.

My eyes can't get enough of the trees--
they're so hopeful, so green.

A sunny road runs through the mulberries,
I'm at the window of the prison infirmary.

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