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 If instead of being hanged by the neck If instead of being hanged by the neck
-you're thrown inside +you're thrown inside  
-for not giving up hope +for not giving up hope  
-in the world, your country, your people, +in the world, your country, your people,  
-if you do ten or fifteen years +if you do ten or fifteen years  
-apart from the time you have left,+apart from the time you have left, 
 you won't say, you won't say,
-"​Better I had swung from the end of a rope +"​Better I had swung from the end of a rope like a flag" -  
-like a flag" - +You'll put your foot down and live.  
-You'll put your foot down and live. +It may not be a pleasure exactly,  
-It may not be a pleasure exactly, +but it's your solemn duty  
-but it's your solemn duty +to live one more day  
-to live one more day +to spite the enemy.  
-to spite the enemy. +Part of you may live alone inside, like a tone at the bottom of a well. But the other part must be so caught up in the flurry of the world that you shiver there inside when outside, at forty days' distance, a leaf moves.To wait for letters inside, to sing sad songs, or to lie awake all night staring at the ceiling is sweet but dangerous. Look at your face from shave to shave, forget your age, watch out for lice and for spring nights,and always remember to eat every last piece of bread- also, don't forget to laugh heartily. 
-Part of you may live alone inside, +And who knows, the woman you love may stop loving you. 
-like a tone at the bottom of a well. +Don't say it's no big thing: it's like the snapping of a green branch to the man inside. To think of roses and gardens inside is bad,to think of seas and mountains is good. Read and write without rest, 
-But the other part +and I also advise weaving and making mirrors. I mean, it's not that you can't pass ten or fifteen years inside and more - you can, as long as the jewel on the left side of your chest doesn'​t lose it's luster!
-must be so caught up +
-in the flurry of the world +
-that you shiver there inside +
-when outside, at forty days' distance, a leaf moves. +
-To wait for letters inside, +
-to sing sad songs, +
-or to lie awake all night staring at the ceiling +
-is sweet but dangerous. +
-Look at your face from shave to shave, +
-forget your age, +
-watch out for lice +
-and for spring nights, +
-and always remember +
-to eat every last piece of bread- +
-also, don't forget to laugh heartily. +
-And who knows, +
-the woman you love may stop loving you. +
-Don't say it's no big thing: +
-it's like the snapping of a green branch +
-to the man inside. +
-To think of roses and gardens inside is bad, +
-to think of seas and mountains is good. +
-Read and write without rest, +
-and I also advise weaving +
-and making mirrors. +
-I mean, it's not that you can't pass +
-ten or fifteen years inside +
-and more - +
-you can, +
-as long as the jewel +
-on the left side of your chest doesn'​t lose it's luster!+
  
 Nazim Hikmet, May 1949. Nazim Hikmet, May 1949.
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