Nader had a little lamb


It seems to me that life is somewhat more complicated than heroes and villains. But if we were to conform to that simplification, I would have to respectfully contend that the hero in ”
Little lamb in fessenjoon” is not Niki Tehranchi's father, Nader.

Nader had a little lamb

Its fleece as white as snow.

Nader played all over Rasht

With his lamb in tow

The amity of man and lamb can never be, such is also the case for wolf and lamb, for we are the predator, and it the pray.

Nader loved his little lamb

He ignored natural law.

The kinship of lamb and man

Will always be a flaw!

To my eyes, the hero of that little tale was in fact Cyrus, who was unjustly portrayed as a villain.

Enter Cyrus, fit and wise

He knew the butcher's plan:

No lamb has died of ripe old age

In company of man.

Cyrus may have been judged less cerebral, but he was certainly more realistic. The lamb was doomed from the beginning; Cyrus tried to teach his cousin a lesson from this tragedy:

Cyrus sensed a lesson here

To teach Nader 'bout life

“Better learn it from me now

Than later from his wife!”

The lamb ended in fessenjoon,

As always was its fate.

Nader enjoyed his supper though

And cleared off his plate

You can't eat eggs and then go

To pet your favorite hen.

That's like dropping meal packets

with bombs in Afghanistan!

The lamb kept its silence through

But Cyrus spoke the truth.

Nader missed his lesson though

His taste buds most uncouth!

When you completely miss

A lesson, bitter and plain,

You are destined to retaste

The bitterness again.

Cyrus perhaps had heard about another Cyrus, whose grandfather wanted him dead! When Astyages, king of the Medes, learned of his doom by the hands of Cyrus, his grandson, he charged his commander to leave the infant Cyrus in the woods so that he may perish.

The order was never fulfilled, and when the King learned of the disobedience, the commander was fed a stew made from the man's own son. It was this same commander who betrayed Astyages in the battle against Cyrus.

Better to eat the savage and be led by men, than to eat men and be led by savages.

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