OTUZ'A YIRMI

Gormek geldi icimden
Yirmibes yil once dogdugum yeri
Ve sarilmak icin Stavro ve Andrulla'ya
Ercandan ciktim yola.
Dort saatlik Londra yolu
Cikti tam alti saata.
Bekledim tam alti saat daha
Binmek icin Larnaka ucagina,
Vardik Larnaka'ya uc saat sonra.
Ve "Kalimera" dedim
Stavro ve Andrulla'ya.
Tam bes saat sonra
gittik Limasol'a.
Evlerine gidip yattigimda
Kardes Nikko'nun yatagina
Dusundum ve takildi kafama
Otuz dakikalik yol icin nasil
Nasil dayandim 
Yirmi saatlik yolculuga.
Ve lanet yagdirdim gece boyunca
Buna sebep olanlara...

Ayhan Salih Korel


THIRTY TO TWENTY

I wanted to see
the place where I was born twenty five years ago.
I took off from Ercan
to hug Stavro and Andrulla.
Four hours long London flight became six hours.
And waited
six more hours to board the Larnaca plane.
We were in Larnaca three hours later.
And I said "Kalimera"
to Stavro and Andrulla.
We went to Limassol five hours later.
When I went to bed at their home,
in brother Nikko's bed,
I thought  and I could not figure out how,
how could I take travelling twenty hours
for a place thirty minutes away.
And I had to swear all night long
to the ones who caused all that.

by Ayhan Salih Korel
translation S. A. Bozkirli