Make me Persian
I want to see
Toot, Bamieh and Sohan in every pastry store
April 21, 2005
Since Mr. Bush seems determined to invade Iran for
the oil under the Iranians feet I think it is only fair that Iran
should invade America with pistachios, jasmine, cardamom tea, carpets,
backgammon and Rumi. I want to see Faloodeh and Yakht Dar
Behesht in every frozen yogurt and ice cream shop. I want to see
Toot, Bamieh and Sohan in every pastry store. I want to see the
shells of empty pumpkin seeds strewn all over the floor of the
movie theatres instead of candy bar wrappers. I want Iranian Americans
to gain seats in both the House and Senate; I want an Iranian for
President. I want Iranian mayors in every major city and at least
a dozen governors.
I want to see Dom Balon and Maghz in every butcher
shop and Jeegar at every barbeque. I want to see lamb roasting
on every spit. I
want to see Gaz and Nogl in every
candy store. I want to see Nun-e-Barbari at every bakery along with Taftoon,
Sangak and Lavash. I want to see Pakdis and Chateau Sardasht and Vodka Sagi
in every liquor store. I want to see beluga caviar and sturgeon and white fish
in every fish market. I want to see fresh Gerdu being sold in the streets of
New York City. I want the restaurant menus to be filled with polos
I want to see Beh preserves and egg plant Torshi
in every 7/11. I want Kharbozeh in every produce section in every
supermarket across this vast nation and on
the carts of street vendors on every corner. I want to see donkeys everywhere.
I want to see dromedaries and bactrians instead of horses. I want to see Haji
Firooz dancing in every alley. I want to see the Daf being taught in every
music class. I want to see Khanegah Sufi houses in every neighborhood
full of people
doing Sama. I want to see every American celebrate Nowruz, Chahar Shanbe
Souri and Seezda Bidar and the Haft Seen in every household.
I want every child to hear Mullah Nassrudin stories.
I want Persian proverbs to be mandatory reading in schools. I want
fortune tellers to use the Divan.
I want children to be able to recite by heart Omar Khayyam, Sa’adi,
Hafez, Attar, Rumi, Ferdowsi, al Ghazalli. I want to see Persian carpets
in every home.
I want to see a Hoz in every Bagh. I want to see Joobs
with snow fed water
coursing through all the streets of every town... I want to see fat-tailed
sheep. I want to see tulips and crocuses pushing up through the snow in
What’s been left behind is not forgotten in
the wind. I will not settle for shopping malls and Big Macs. Give
me the Bazaar and
Kufte Tabrizi ... give
me turquoise, give me carnelian, give me Backgammon, give me belly dancing,
give me life, liberty, happiness and the pursuit of Taroff ... give me
worry beads instead of valium ...
Make me Persian ... .if they take our
oil then they have to take our culture too ...