Sometimes -When there is No Joy

(Written 1986)

Sometimes—when there is no joy,
Even a sparrow
On the balcony
Can make your heart rejoice.
As can a pleasant summer day,
Or even being insanely drunk.

Sometimes when spring
has not yet arrived,
Even a single flower,
Can make a spring.

when there is no freedom
The moon in the sky is freedom
As are the sleepy children
playing on the roof tops
that the moon chases home
for the night.

Vagif Samadoghlu, born in Azerbaijan in 1939, is a jazz pianist who pursued literarature. He was named Azerbaijan's National poet in 1999. His first volume of poetry, Song to the Sun while Sitting in Darkness, was translated into English and published in September 2014. An extended bio, as well as a free download of Song to the Sun is here. Read other articles by Vagif.