By way of 1994, to the galaxy

I lived, my God,
By halves and publicly.
In my next life,
If there are such lives,
I don't know if I

would still write poetry.

But women, my God,
I loved them so much.
If I am female

in the next life,
I will have to learn
how lesbians make love.

1994 Eliyle, Samanyolu'na by Cemal Süreya

Translated April 9, 2020