Living is no laughing matter:
you must live with great seriousness
like a squirrel, for example —
I mean without looking for something beyond and above living,
I mean living must be your whole occupation.
Nazim Hikmet, “On Living,” 1947
Nazim Hikmet, the most celebrated Turkish poet and communist, was born on 20 November 1901. Read his poems at the Nazim Hikmet Ran Archive and NazimHikmetRan.com (edited by Memet Fuat). You may listen to Hikmet reading some of his poems at the website of the International Institute of Social History.