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March 14, 2002
The Iranian


They are alive!

In this liquid you call

-- the electronic ether

The swimming creatures

Make their instantaneous way

Through my spine

Onto the shores of clicking pebbles

Into the vastness

You insist on defying

They leap into the private pond

On top of your desk

Parading their undeniable presence

Before your denying eyes


How much longer

Will you stare at these blinking stars

How many more flickering volcanoes

Until you realize that

This virtuality

is no less than reality

Come as they may

On the wings of watts, wires or waves

Their origin cannot be betrayed:

Of pure verve

And human nerve.

Comment for The Iranian letters section
Comment for the writer Roya Hakkakian

By Roya Hakakian

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