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Nazim Hikmet

The most beautiful sea:
                   hasn't been crossed yet.
The most beautiful child:
                   hasn't grown up yet.
Our most beautiful days:
                   we haven't seen yet.
And the most beautiful words I wanted to tell you
                   I haven't said yet...

Optimism by Nazim Hikmet

I write poems
they don’t get published
but they will

I’m waiting for a letter with good news
maybe it will arrive the day I die
but it will come for sure

the world’s not run by governments or money
but people rule
a hundred years from now
but it will be for sure

Optimistic Man by Nazim Hikmet

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


"Hailed by many as the writer of hope, Turkish poet Nazım Hikmet, with his profound optimism, could be just what the world needs now in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We will see beautiful days kids / sunny days / We will sail our boats to the blue seas kids / to the bright blue seas,” wrote Hikmet in the 1930s – with the Great Depression hanging over much of the globe – in a poem titled "Optimism."

"Wednesday marks the 57th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Turkish poet.

"At a glance, his biography may make his optimism even more significant: His books banned, he spent most of his life behind bars or in exile but continued to write.

"UNESCO declared 2002 the Year of Nazım Hikmet to mark the 100th anniversary of his birthday.

"After dying of a heart attack in 1963 in Moscow, Hikmet remains buried there, although there have been attempts to repatriate his remains to Turkey.

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