M. Önal Mengüşoğlu
A poet and writer, Metin Önal Mengüşoğlu was born in Elazığ. He graduated from the Law School of Istanbul University. He did not have a career in the field of law. He had a business enterprise in Bursa. His thought and art life began during his high school years, and he has been active in the fields of poetry, short story, novel, essay and biography works. His essays, short stories and poems appeared in a number of literary magazines. He contributed to literary magazines: Kriter, Varide and Kelime. He is a member of the Turkish Writers Union, and he attended many national and international literary events. In 2000 with his work entitled Harput Şehrengizi (Works Telling about Harput) received the prize for intellectuals and artists in the category of city books organized by the Turkish Writers Union. In 2007, he was also given the Grand Prize in the honor of Ahmet Cevdet Paşa, during the “International Poetry Festival for Turkish Language” organized every two years.
PALESTINIAN CHILDREN A stone thrown from the tip of a slingshot Even though it does not reach your anticipated target Children, you are doing right Syrian, Lebanese and Jordanian Children, maybe you are Iraqis Who knows from how many places of your arms are broken It is the price you pay for your still throbbing hearts Who knows how much was the cost Before the bullets come and find you What was going on in Palestine Was nothing but an enjoyable hide and seek How can they stand against the steel Children, you have your cardboard spears Even though your enemy Would perish your little lives And your sad looks would sow thousands of stars Even though the blood would stream instead of water From your fountains You are being kept anyway From my heart You, children Metin Önal Mengüşoğlu English Translation by Mesut Şenol