Do You Know What to be Offended is? By Nazim Hikmet
Do you know what to be offended is?
To be offended is honesty.
It is childish and because of that it is pure,
To be offended is “I love you”,
refusing to give up.
To be offended means to me:
I am angry, but I am still here, I am not going, I cannot go.
To be offended is to act coyly, to be close, “you are valuable to me”
To be offended means to say that you love, you know, to say “please understand”
To be offended is hope, to leave doubts, to be sure.
So what I want to say is
I am offended by you!