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May 27th: Sunscreen Day

On May 27th, we celebrate the so called “Sunscreen Day”. I am personally a big fan of it, so I though it is time to show it some appreciation. #SunscreenDay

I believe many people are familiar with the infamous speech from ’99 titled “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” (a.k.a “The Suncreen Song”).

However, what only few know is that Baz Luhrmann and Kurt Vonnegut take all the credit for it, whilst it was originally written by a Chicago Tribune columnist called Mary Schmich, back on June 1st, 1997. It was originally written in a lesser-known essay named “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” as a hypothetical commencement speech. The essay was meant to give various pieces of advice on how to live a happier life and avoid common frustrations.

You can find the original video here. Enjoy and don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

On a side-note, if you liked the essay above, I warmly recommend you read the following commencement essay from Marina Keegan: “The Opposite of Loneliness“.

After all the buzz about Marina Keegan a few years ago, last year I finally gave in and read most of her work in one go. I will not go into details about her life and her as a person, because that will only spoil the expectations you have about her work (I did the mistake of googling her before starting to read her word and this was a huge no-go!). Just read her work as an aspiring young writer and remember what it was like when you were young and were feeling infinite!

P.S. I think my favorite work from Marina is a piece called “Why we care about whales“. Enjoy!


Писателка в нощта

Аз съм момичето на мама.
Ще те обичам,
докато не спра да дишам.
Докато не се обадиш,
и полицията не дойде
за да ни раздели.

This poem was inspired by the original English song “Writer in the Dark” by Lorde.

Posted in in English, Poetry

A Thousand Years of Love 

Passing through the desert

Comes the light of the forest

And the seven colors of their world, are all flying in the sky

There was something mystical about them

And a grey swirl, that drew me in the fizzle


Could no longer see the blossoms in my hair

The gentleness passed me by without a sound

Going through a thousand years of pain

Only to get a simple result

The shadow you left behind, it guides me on

Through the loneliness on a dark night


A thousand years of sorrow

Knowing you will be waiting in the end

The most beautiful feeling in the world, it will be worthy

Waiting for a lifetime

This poem was inspired by the original Chinese song named “千年之恋” by F.I.R.

Translations of Turkish poetry

  1. From Ömer Hayyam’s RUBAİLER (Kabalcı Yayınevi) – P. 153:



It is my turn today, to be young

I drink; as it is my delight

Do not judge me; it is pleasant, even if it hurts

It is my life, even if it burns.

  1. From Aziz Nesin’s AŞK ŞİİRLERİ (Nesin Yayınevi) – P. 79:



I come too early

Just like I came into this place

Or I come too late

Just like loving you at this age

I’m always late to happiness

I always go too early into sadness

It is either too late

Or there has been nothing at all to await

I came into life at a certain time

Early to death, late to love

I was late, forgive me love

Late to death, too late to love


For the translation of “201.”, the text was almost literary translated. This may have limited the translator to present the real meaning, however the original melody and poetic reading was lost. This was wade to distinguish the following poem, “Forgive Me”, which in contrast was translated to preserve the meter and literary devices. Thus, the original melody and poetic reading was preserved.




And a little bit crazy.

She has an opinion about everything, but

is never intruding.

Knows what she wants, and doesn’t wait

around for anybody to give it to her.


She is a sometimes serious and other times

naïve like a kid.

She may be cheeky, but is never arrogant.

Mostly confident, but never self-absorbed.

Always carries a heavy bag,

Because she always has a book or two

accompanying her.

Pretentious, but only towards herself.

And Humble.

Very down to earth, just not this Earth.


This is her.

This will always be her.

Somewhere over there,

that is her.


This poem was inspired by the original Bulgarian poem “Тя” by Dimitar Kalbuhov.