Children and Letters
(To my little friend Elshan Gujlu)

by Vagif Bayatly Oner (born 1948)

The biggest eyes in the world
Belong to flowers and to children.

Most incomprehensible to adults are the words,
Which children whisper to flowers,
And flowers to children.

To children,
A mirror is a marvellous plate full of water,
Everything is alive,
Everything is readable to children

Because their hearts are big
Like their eyes,
Children write
The name of everything
In big letters.

As their fingers, which hold the pen
Grow larger and stronger,
As the children themselves
Grow larger and stronger,
The letters, in which they write
Become smaller,
And the flowers come to talk to them
In an incomprehensible language as well.

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