I am at fall true to its name
no one eye cathches the other, glaring
four-o’clocks at cobbled streets
through never-ending roads, wandering

moon is descending, uh, pain sending
sea, sandal and fire at stars
moon is down, oh moon is down
a rose smells indecently in my garden.

Translated by Leyla Belma GAZİ


Hopeless Nights

If you ever get stuck in the middle of night,
If you ever try to sleep but lose in this fight,
If she ever touches your soul in a warm fall,
The dark is your face without any sleep at all.

Whenever your phone is ringing the bells,
You see that the caller is again someone else
And you find crying easier than having no hope,
It’s much burden than with which you can cope.

The child within you falls asleep all at once,
Through the dreamland of joy and fun he runs,
But your eyes still are in a fight of an expectation,
Denying and struggling to get over the situation.

And such nights you want to ask her this question:
Have you ever tasted the feeling of infatuation?
Don’t you see the scars you opened constantly bleed?
And you don’t know how to cope with this bad greed.

And you see the first lights of a brand new day,
There you think the best way is to sit still and pray
That she is still all yours and she is intact and pure
But you know for this night the pain is the only cure.

Murat Özgen


The child was born on the ninth of November,

That’s when the dark of night would rise,

And he was far from the bleak December,

That’s when the breezing chilling cold cries!

The child opened his eyes in a world of tears,

That’s when the dark of night would so cry,

And eventually he was far away from the fears

That’s when the angels and the darkness pry!

As the child saw this age with agony in this bay,

That’s when the bright day would await for him,

When she says she loves me that’s my birthday,

That’s when I lit a torch into the dark of the dim!

Murat Özgen

Light and Night

Take this promise as my oath to survive,

In this life of light and night,

In a matter of minute you may not feel alive,

As this garden path takes you to nowhere

      -In this life of light and night.

Awaken by the mid of the night with no light,

I tried and tried to be bright,

The facts that I hide and the burdens that I might

-In this life of light and night,

Stranded over my shoulders…

Free my soul I did and saw no hope,

Flee away I did and with the night I cope,

-In this life of light and night

No matter how hard I try and cry,

The doom of darkness will see no sun tonight.

May I never be broken again,

Say I bear the anguish of tears,

-In this life of light and night

Drifted on a shore naked and desperate,

I cannot carry this life without her seperate.

In this life of light and night,

Standing on my bed with a terrible ache in the head,

Miles away from me,

Hours far from me…

-In this life of light and night

I can feel the shadow of the sun,

I can hear the screams of a gun.

There I see it pointed at me,

-But in this life of light and night

As you took my promise as my oath,

I will survive for us both,

Till the day you stop and give up the fight…

Murat Özgen