You said

A royal history of great civilizations runs though my blood

You recited

Words that formed poetic portraits

From philosophers that documented the land of my nobles

Theology… philosophy… the arts…

Beauty in all forms passed down to me

The riches of a land

The culture of kings

The intellect of scholars

Mapped into strands of my composition

You said

I am the offspring of the reed flute

Whose delicate music seduced warriors into submission

You sang

Verses of freedom

Against the oppressors that bound my legacy

I traced

The world along the edges of my birth soil

You spoke

In my native tongue

I heard

The sound of cypress trees swaying near the Caspian

I embraced

My history through your teachings

I discovered

The chronicles of my imperial traditions

Proud and esteemed, I boasted of my privilege

For without my land, I would not be

I followed your instructions to enlightenment

And believed that love endures without time

You said

The creators of theology, philosophy, the arts are we

You said

Beauty in all forms passed down to me

You said

Intellectual freedom cannot be oppressed

You swore

I was created of love and of love I shall be

Don't grieve now that I walk with angels

Along the road you told me to take

Everything I am is from the vision you furnished

My future is written with the accomplishments of my past

The strength of my lineage is you

With ancestry I am of privilege you said…

I said with love of privilege I am

Copyright 2002 Sahar S. Shokati

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