Life’s Treasures

Jumping to clear the white-capped crests of the Pacific blue,
Orcas breach playfully, garnering the attention of a potential mate.
Sinking claws and teeth into their rival among the Serengeti grasses,
Entangled lions battle fiercely to gain the favor of the watchful lioness.

Putting on a show for the sake of romance, such are the ways of the wild!

Humankind? Are we so different from the wild kingdom we observe?

In each of us, fiery passions may smolder quietly or burst into flames.
No two people react the same, for unique emotions stir our souls,
Each sensation arising as the product of who we are with whom we meet.

Out of the masses who participate unknowingly in our lives,
Destiny reveals the varieties that are to share in it meaningfully.
Of those, one may become our lifelong partner, our husband or wife.

Not forsaking the many for the one, we discover a wonderful treasure…
Our special friends - threads woven tightly into the fabric of our life.
Giving more to us than they seek in return - as they ask for nothing -
Here we find the shoulder to lean on, an ear to bend, or a simple hug.

Unlike so much we take for granted, we cannot forget our dearest friends.
Ergo I take this moment to say how fortunate I am to have them in my life!


A
MBRESS, Feb. 1998             Turkish Translation

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Hayatin Hazineleri (Life’s Treasures)

Beyaz-sapkali doruklarini aydinlatmak icin zipladiklari Pasifik mavisinde,
Orkalar neseyle dalgalari yararak, cekiyorlar potansiyel bir esin dikkatini uzerlerine.
Rakiplerine pencelerini ve dislerini gecirerek Serengeti cayirlarinda,
Birbirlerine dolanmis aslanlar tetikteki disi aslanin gozune girmek icin vahsice savasmakta.

Ask ugruna gosteri yapmak, vahsilerin yontemi boyle!

Insanlar? Gozledigimiz vahsi kralliktan cok mu farkliyiz?

Herbirimizide, atesli ihtiraslar sessizce icin icin yanar veya alevlenip cogalir.
Iki insan hic ayni davranmaz, cunku essiz duygular ruhlarimizi karistirir,
Her duygunun kaynagi rasladigimiz insanin ve kim oldugumuzun carpimidir.

Bilincsizce hayatlarimizda bir yeri olan yiginlarin arasindan,
Kader hayatimizi anlamli bir sekilde paylasacak cesitleri gosterir.
Ki onlardan biri, hayat boyu partnerimiz, kocamiz ya da karimiz olabilir.

Biri icin cogundan vazgecmeden, harika bir hazine kesfederiz...
Ozel arkadaslarimiz-hayatimizin dokumasina sikica dokunmus iplikler.
Karsiliginda aradiklarindan fazlasini verenler-hicbirsey istemeden.
Orada yaslanilacak omuzu buluruz, bukulecek kulagi, veya basit bir kucaklamayi.

Yakismaz bize dogal hakkimiz gormek, en sevgili arkadaslarimizi unutamayiz.
Bu nedenle bu anda onlarin hayatimda olmalarindan dolayi ne kadar sansli oldugumu soylemek isterim!


A
MBRESS, Feb. 1998                                Original English Version
Turkish translation by
Funda Oner, Aug. 1999

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