The faces of our women

Mother Mary did not bear God
Mary is not the mother of God
Mary is a mother, and like mothers
bear their sons, she bore one.
She bore a human son.
Thus is Mary beautiful
all faces of hers beautiful,
and her son is close to us
like our own made children.

The faces of our women are the
marred pages of our suffering,
our shame, our blood and our suffering
farm lines into their faces.

And our joys strike the eyes of women
as dawn strikes gold into the lakes.

Our dreams live in our women's faces,
the women that we love, who stand

across from us, visible, invisible,
so close to the truth of us, and so far.

Kadınlarımızın Yüzleri by Nazım Hikmet

Translated September 6, 2020