Poet: Abdurehim Otkur
Translated by T. Abdurazak, S. Saydahmat
We were young when we started our journey,
Now our grand-children are able to ride on horses.
We were very few when started our journey,
Our traces are in the deserts and in the valleys,
Don't say they were left without graves,
Left the crowd, left the scene, they are all faraway,
The caravan never stops even our horses become thin,
Yax iduq muxkul seperge atlinip mangghanda biz,
Emdi chong karvan atalduq, qaldurup chollerde iz.
Qaldi iz choller ara, gayi davanlarda yene,
Qevrisiz qaldi dimeng yulghun qizarghan dalida,
Qaldi iz, qaldi menzil, qaldi yiraqta hemmisi,
Tohtimas karvan yolida gerche atlar bek oruq,
|(1923 - October 5, 1995)||
Abdurehim Otkur is one of the most prominent Uighur cultural figures of this century, He was born in 1923 in Qumul, Eastern Turkistan. He graduated from the Xinjiang University in 1942. He worked as an editor of the "Altay Geziti" newspaper until 1949.