I, Orhan Veli. The famous author of the poem ``Suleyman Effendi, may he rest in peace,'' Heard that you are curious About my private life. Let me tell you: First I am a man, that is, I am not a circus animal, or anything like that. I have a nose, an ear, Though they are not shapely. I live in a house, I have a job. Neither do I carry a cloud on my head Nor a stamp of prophecy on my back. Neither am I modest like King George of England Nor aristocratic like the recent Stable keeper of Celal Bayar. I love spinach. I am crazy about puffed cheese pastries. I have no eyes For material things, Really not. Oktay Rifat and Melih Cevdet Are my best friends, And I have a lover, Very respectable. I can not tell her name. Let literary critics find it. I also keep busy with unimportant things, Only between projects, How can I say, Perhaps I have a thousand other habits, But what is the point of listing them all. They just resemble these.
Orhan Veli Translated by Murat Nemet-Nejat, 1989