From the Book
"God, I Am Here" by Vagif Samadoghlu


I was born in 1939,
In 1937 I got arrested.*

My granny died in '48,
I cried for someone who died
For the first time in my life.

I had some fish in an aquarium.
My window was left open
One winter night
And the fish froze.

Now it is a January night in 1965
And it seems I want to live.


*1937 refers to the terrible year of Repression by Stalin against the intellectuals in Azerbaijan and throughout the Soviet Union in that year.


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