Excerpt from ‘I have my reservations’

Oh you suns! 
I have grown lighter by abundance.
I know, of course, that distances
have been memorized by way of
my brilliant white feathers.
Sidelong glances on my breast.

The tinder is in my chest, trees crackling,
I feel you burn: I, the Huma Bird
never lands on the plain of your loins.
Like stunned and cageless animals
we live on water's other shore.

by Ilhan Sami Çomak, from Geldim Sana

Translated by Caroline Stockford

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