Hikmet on LivingThis 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"...
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From "On Living" by Nâzým Hikmet, written in prison February 1948,
translated by Randy Blasing and Mutlu Konuk