That's How It Goes
That's How It Goes is a poem by Nazim Hikmet proposed for Poets in Prison.
That's How It Goes Nazim Hikmet [handwritten in biro] Am in the middle of a spreading light, my hands inspired, the world beautiful. Cannot stop looking at trees: they're so hopeful and so green. A sunny pathway stretches beyond the mulberries, I stand before the window in the prison hospital, cannot smell the smell of medicine: somewhere carnations must be in bloom. That's how it goes, my friend. The problem is not falling a captive, it's how to avoid surrender. (Bursa Prison, 1948)