Knock the fences down.
Everyone puts up a fence around his own field Saying: "On this
side of the fence, mine is the yield." Come, tear the fences down,
demolish the ramparts so that our eyes can gaze at all the distant
parts. How can the rooms contain the heart that must live free: It
should leap over hill and valley on and on. So long as my eyes possess
the power to see, I shall keep scanning the widening horizon. Never go
the way of the flowers, of the rose, Never put their hearts in
death's throes. Nature is free: Never hold It inside the
fortresses, in captivity. We must refuse to play a game of backgammon Sequestered into the squares inlaid with gold. Our hearts should keep
growing and soaring on and on Like the ever-broadening, endless horizon.
Come, tear the fences down, demolish the ramparts So that our eyes can
gaze at all the distant parts.
BAHTIYAR VAHAPADZE (b. 1925) is one of Azerbaijan's most
prominent poets. He obtained a doctorate in philology at Azerbaijan
State University, where he subsequently became a professor of modern
Azeri literature. His publications include many collections of poems and
short stories, plays, travel journals, scholarly articles, and