To Die in Books
His name, last name Open parenthesis His year of birth, dash, his year of death, the end. close parenthesis. Now he's a name in books, surname Within parenthesis his year of birth and death Down at the bottom of the page, or just a little on His works, when they were printed. A list, short one or long. The names of books. Like birds in agony of death within your hand. In the parentheses, a dash. All that he was is there. His hopes, his fears, his teas, his joys. All that he was is there. Now he remains inside these books A prisoner in that dash. Does he still live? He can't fight back. You can kill him, just there.
Behçet Necatigil (1916-1979)