May 10, 2004
She is standing behind the window
and looking through it she finds me,
her daughter kneeling before God,
praying in the language of believers.
She walks into my memory,
pushes the Solaris nerves
and finds herself swiftly afloat
with the Choghok of my thoughts.
She is just a soul from
land of Imam Reza, sweet melons
and famous poets,
and she finds her way into
the memory lines where images start
rolling down tear-pearling my face...
... once on the way back to Tehran,
"Stop the car, please! I want to buy
melons of Khetteh Mashehad," she said.
"These are sweet as honey," she said again,
but we cut to eat and tasted one after another
and none were as sweet as she proclaimed!
Zengecheh, Choghok... these
in my vocabulary from her dialect-accent.
Nothing remains of her
and all there is, is the memories
pearling down my eyes, my face.
-- MashehadMashhad: Major city in northeast Iran, capital of Khorasan
Province; my mother's birthplace.
-- Solaris: The 1972 Russian movie, "Solaris", based
on Stanislaw Lem's novel. It is a story of a planet that reads
and obliges its visitors by devising and providing people they
have lost, and miss.
-- Choghok: in Mashehadi means sparrow.
-- Imam Reza: Eighth Imam of Shi'ite Muslims buried in Mashehad.
-- Khetteh: Means "area" in Persian.
-- Zengecheh: In Mashehadi dialect it means the "elbow".