December 8, 2004
It is absurd to close your eyes
and pretend that the Bahais
have never been killed or forced
to convert to another religion,
as if the executions of political prisoners
or the Kurds were just part of a game,
an unwritten law in a lawless land.
Extended customs, mute prayers,
grave to grave, Tehran cemeteries
black from the flesh of the youth
and on the faces of the mothers lay
chipped beliefs and spreading tears.
The News shows the Godzilla
- mourning over the tassels of demolished
homes of the homeless in a country
not even close to my land - sits on tinplates
of power and announces another castration.
This perhaps is a
blessing from God
that when there is a Friday Prayer in Tehran,
we still cry over the Arab-Israeli War.