Alison Clement

observations from a novelist who sometimes wants to say something small and see it published immediately

>On Living by Turkish poet, Nazim Hikmet

My friend, Bob, sent me a poem today……. I’m posting the last stanza.

This earth will grow cold,
a star among stars
and one of the smallest,
a gilded mote on blue velvet-
I mean this, our great earth.
This earth will grow cold one day,
not like a block of ice
or a dead cloud even
but like an empty walnut it will roll along
in pitch-black space …
You must grieve for this right now
-you have to feel this sorrow now-
for the world must be loved this much
if you’re going to say “I lived” …

Nazim Hikmet
February, 1948
Trans. Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk – 1993

Categories: poetry, politics

5 replies

  1. >I added your latest book to my reading list. Thanks!I heard about yor first book through Steve Elliott.Right now I’m reading Horsemen of the Esopagus, about professional eaters cause a friend of mine recommended it and she was in the cake eating contest last year competing against William Perry and totally kicked his ass! :)Thanks for dropping a note, I added your blog in my blog links, and will definetly give your newest onea read!

  2. >oh yeah – is there a place where you list your book tour stops?

  3. >Hi Alison, you do know me pretty well, but I’m no blogger and don’t want my address out here. I do yoga pretty much daily, each morning early for maybe 40 minutes, including work on breath. It always feels very good, and then it’s over. I was struck by your reference to Nazim Hikmet, one of my favorite communist poets (the others are Neruda, Brecht, & McGrath). Let me copy out here, in closing, a fine little poem of NH’s:OPTIMISMI write poemsthey don’t get publishedbut they willI’m waiting for a letter with good newsmayabe it will arrive the day I diebut it will come for surethe world’s not run by governments or moneybut people rulea hundred years from nowmaybebut it will be for sureBest, R.

  4. >chicago sheri,Steve Elliott is a sweetheart. Tell me when his new book comes out…….and tell me what you think of Twenty Questions. ps I always wondered about people who entered eating contests.

  5. >OK R, I know yogis and I know communists, but who are you? If I had a vin diagram of the two categories…….

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