There Is No Sky Above My Head

by Koray Feyiz

My eyes
grown accustomed to
looking at walls so much
they do not see anything else,
are now totally blind.

Thousands of walls seem to
rise inside myself.
There is no sky above my head,
only thousands of walls.

The hard beat
of my weak, exhausted heart,
in an enormous dream garden,
always leafing out.

And now, as if to play Russian roulette
with life,
a fire has begun. It is faint,
but dominating.

And yet sometimes,
igniting quietly,
a beam of light
will suddenly leak into the room.
It passes through that slight
air shaft under the door.
Then it descends
down to the floor
and remains in the deep.

(20 September 1980 Mamak)

Translated by Dr. Nesrin Eruysal & Prof. Dr. Kenneth Rosen

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KORAY FEYİZ, A Turkish poet, born in Istanbul in 1961, Koray Feyiz studied Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering, and Urban Planning, at Karadeniz Technical University, and at Middle East Technical University. He completed his doctoral dissertation on Urban Psychology. Feyiz is currently engaged in research on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing. His first published poem appeared in one of Turkey’s most prestigous literary magazines, Varlık, in 1987. His poems and prose essays have continued to appear in numerous Turkish literary magazines over the last two decades. He has also published seven collections of his poetry: Mezarlar Eskimedi (The Graveyard is Not Exhausted, İz, 1987), Bir Mektupta İki Yalnızlık (Two Solitudes in One Letter, Engin, 1988), Ben O Issız O Yorgun Şehir (I Am a Desolate, Exhausted City, Prospero, 1995), Uhrevi Zorba (The Metaphysical Autocrat, Urun, 1995), DüşleGelen (To You Who Arrived in a Dream, Suteni, 1995), Seni Bağışladım Çünkü Beni Çok Üzdün (Cause of My Grief, I Forgive You, Hera, 1999) and Su Yarası (Wounded by the Water, Artshop 2010), (Translated by Dr.Nesrin Eruysal)

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