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"Çare" means hope, and "sarıgül" means yellow rose.
For months I saw this grafitti and thought a lovesick man obsessed with a woman named Sarıgül had criss-crossed the country, spraying this grafitti on bridges, roads, and the backs of street signs.
Finally, in December, a friend in Mersin, Melih Mutluay, corrected me. He told me Sarıgül was a politician, and these signs were grafitti in support of him.
Melih got a good laugh out of my thinking this was some lovesick guy’s grafitti. I guess I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Witness my spending over 4 months thinking bottles of urine were bottles of apple juice.