On the watch


It is ten in the evening
and I am watching the night,
and feeling the night on the earth
like a black cowl.
And my body, light as a bird's,
is light as well inside.
All life has lain to sleep
like the spent soldier sleeping.

It is ten at night.
I am watching.
I wish to watch on for months,
like this until the peace,
not thinking of my old mother
but singing the songs of my country!

Nöbette by A. Kadir

Translated August 18, 2020