Merhaba dost! (1933)


‘Yıldırım’ newspaper was one of the most popular Crimean Tatar media resources in Romania in 1930-ies. At the time, when most Crimean Tatar newspapers in Romania were forced to close before they would celebrate their first anniversary,”Yıldırım” remained a popular paper with a broad reading audience among the local Turkic-speaking community. The fırst issue of the paper was released in 1932. The very last issue was released in 1938, with the beginning of the wave of emigration of Turks and Crimean Tatars to Turkey, who were main readers of the paper. The editor-in-chief of the paper was Mehmet Nuri, a local politician, who used to be a member of the Qurultay (Crimean Tatar parliament) in 1918.  The poem, given below, was written in 1933 by a poet who took a pen name of ‘Şimşek’. The purpose of the poem is to convince potential readers to subscribe for the paper. We can only speculate on the identity hidden behind the pen name of  ‘Şimşek’, although it would be logical to assume that this person was a member of the editing team of ‘Yıldırım’.

Köstenceden

Ben ki: oğluyım güneşin,
Bana dirler ‘Yıldırım’
Abune sonra; peşin
havadis bildiririm.

Ferasetden, siyasetten
Her kes gibi çaqarım.
Aksine giden dostuma,
Savun kamçımı takarım.

Bazen yahmur, bazen tolu
Çetine atarım
Haddini bilmeyin kolı,
Ta izinden çakarım.

Ufukda beliren dud
Muannid bana yol açar.
Milleti emen tefeli,
Görleyişmeden qaçar,

Ben ki güneşin oğluyım
Bir adımda ‘şimşek’dır
Gitdigim yolda doğruyım,
Maqsadım ‘irişimek’dir

‘Tarih tesisım beş mart’
Vazifem: halqı tenvir,
Ğayem: milletimi irşad,
Şiarım: ‘haq’ı taqrir

Şimşek

We express our gratitude to PhD Tahir Kerim and postgraduate student Refat Abdudzhemil for their assistance with transliteration of the poem’s text from the Arabic script to Modern Crimean Tatar.

© Maksym Mirieiev 2012

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