Tell me news
By Mersedeh Khozin
January 22, 2002
Tell me of a mother in Ghome,
who hanged herself in her room
with a blanket,
was she punch drunk?
Tell me of a student in Tehran,
who flung himself to death
from the tenth floor of a building,,
did his grip fumble with the loneliness up there?
Tell me of a hooded man in Mashad's streets
who picked out others of his own blood on a parade,
was his skin beginning
to turn with soltitude?
Tell me of a girl who wore red lipstick,
and returned home pregnant
from a prison cell,
has she been charged under the Immortality Act?
Tell me of a journalist,
who hanged himself in jail
with a piece of his torn pair of jeans.
was he hiding a pair of scissors in the cell?
Tell me my native land,
has the gruesome sight
of a mangled corpse
not begun to sit on your conscience?