So here we are, alone –
Our children have grown up and moved away
Living their own lives, they say…
It all seems very strange to me

I don’t understand their ways:
Our children amaze me all the time
And I often wonder why they make me feel
So sad and suddenly old

Now we’re left with an empty home
From our nest all the birds have flown for foreign skies
We’re discarded, of no further use
Though we gave our kids all our youth and all our lives –
We really tried

Now there’s only my wife and me;
We used to have a family – now that’s gone
And only memories linger on…
It all seems very wrong to me

To our sorrows they were quite deaf
And as soon as they could they left us to our tears
We always tried to teach what was good –
Yes, we gave our kids all we could through all the years

So here we are at last;
The time has gone so fast and so have my dreams
I simply don’t know what it all means
This pointless passage through the night
This autumn-time, this walk upon the water….

I wonder how long
It will be till this song
Is sung by our own sons and daughters?

Tahsin Ünlü

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