Max Czollek - istanbul in march

i was at the occupation of gezi park
and when the police threw teargas
i ran away

the first time since my father’s death
i cried

i didn’t know that dogs could also cry
posted a dandelion
burned up in an endless loop

home prices rise in istanbul
an earthquake is overdue in istanbul
you marry on boats in istanbul

i conceal auerbach’s mimesis
and organic olive oil
in a dark linen bag

3 million refugees live in istanbul

how far must i remove myself
to say
history merges in the bosporus?

for the comforting security
next time mosques will be the first to burn
and then the synagogues