Bilir’s Poem is Published at the First Literary Review – East, January 2017 Edition

Dear friends,

Written two years ago when I was abroad, my newest poem, “Greetings to the Earth”, was published in January 2017 issue of the First Literary Review- East, an editorial of Cindy Hochman. I am abroad now and I am in similar longings and feelings …
I love my beautiful people in my beautiful country …
Ali F. Bilir

Greetings from Home

Greetings from home came wafting in
with the morning wind,
bearing news of the first snow
from the Taurus Mountains of Mersin.

They dropped by my woolen sweater
lingering in the chest,
a present from my wife.
All the winters it’s been through,
all the weeks of snow and ice!
Through it has been patiently threaded
the warm touch of passing time.

Greetings from home came wafting in,
with the scent of thyme.

Ali F. Bilir
Translated by Jonathan Ross & M. Ali Sulutas

Selamı Geldi Ülkemin

Selamı geldi ülkemin
sabah rüzgarı ile
düşen ilk karın sevincini
göndermiş
Mersin, Toros Dağlarından.

Unutmamış sandıktaki
yün kazağımı
karımın armağanı.
-Kaç kış geçti üstünden,
kaç zemheri?
sabırla örülmüş günlerin
sıcak dokunuşunu.

Selamı geldi ülkemin
kekik kokusu ile.

Ali F. Bilir
San Antonio – Texas, Kasım 2015