On Living- Nazim Hikmet
August 7, 2012, 5:27 pm
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Living is no laughing matter :
you must live with great seriousness
like a squirrel, for example –
I mean without looking for something beyond and above living,

I mean living must be your whole occupation.
Living is no laughing matter :
you must take it seriously,
so much so and to such a degree
that, for example, your hands tied behind your back,
your back to the wall,
or else in a laboratory,
in your white coat and safety glasses,
you can die for people –
even for people whose faces you have never seen,

even though you know living
is the most real, the most beautiful thing.
I mean, you must take living so seriously
that even at seventy, for example, you’ll plant olive trees –
and not for your children, either
but because although you fear death you don’t believe it,
because living, I mean, weighs heavier.

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