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Mamaan-bozorg

 

 

Farnoosh Seiffodini
December 10, 2006
iranian.com

 

In Sept. 1980, Iraq seized 90 sq mi of Iranian territory in the Shatt al-Arab but failed to win the swift victory predicted by many; a bloody war of attrition set in.

When we heard the sirens

my sisters knew what to do.

But I stood

staring at the layered shadows

their arms threw on the wall

fingers pointing at me.

Then she would come grab me

her gray thin strands of hair

a halo in the candlelight

her fingertips

cold and dry

brushing my forehead

nodding

rocking

pressing my face

to a bony chest

that had nursed ten children.

I liked her huddling in the doorway with us.

From "You Where I’ve Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora" (University of Arkansas Press, 2006) edited by Persis Karim.


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