Two blind men.
But . . . There is someone else . . . Although he is not blind, He cannot see nonetheless. His bosom friend might get killed before his very eyes, "I saw nothing," he says. He claims whatever is good as his, but fails to see the bad; Looks at the clock, but can't tell what time it is. Nothing noble visits his thoughts and feelings; Often he denies he saw something though he really did.
A man is hardly blind if his eyes have no sight; Blind is he who does not want to see. To such an ignorant troglodyte, Life itself is a grave, if you ask me.
Translated from the Turkish and the Azeri By Talat Sait Halman
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 journalistic pieces.