…but as long as you live and as long
as life goes on
you’ll have back all you’ve lost,
they’ll come back in a better form;
So grieve nothing you’ve lost in the past,
as long as you’ven’t lost the gift of life,
you still have the key to an abundant life.
“The only thing I’ll never have is what I have lost for ever and ever… As long as I live, until I draw my last breath, I shall remember Asel and all those beautiful things that were ours. The day I was to leave I went to the lake and stood on the rise above it. I was saying good-bye to the Tien Shan mountains, to Issyk-Kul. Good-bye, Issyk-Kul, my unfinished song! How I wish I could take you with me, your blue waters and your yellow shores, but I can’t, just as I can’t take the woman I love with me. Goodbye, Asel. Good-bye, my pretty poplar in a red kerchief! Good-bye, my love, I want you to be happy…” – Chingiz Aitmatov