I was in Iran at the time of the Iran Iraq war. To this date the fear that I experienced dying at the speed of an eye blink for no apparent reason. The fear of losing all my hopes and dreams is with me, inside me. It stabs me at the heart when I see any human being getting entangled in the same vicious cycle for reasons beyond their power.
Your visage So ugly, so scary Frightens me to the bone: Red, swollen with disorderly teeth. Red as the red siren at the time of bombardment I still hear in my ears After all these years gone by When I hear them talk Of none but YOUR NAME. Swollen as all the fear swollen in the depth of my eyes In every single beat of my heart When hiding under wooden tables When escaping to the street shelters To protect my open eyes, my beating heart At those times where there was no word Spoken among us but YOUR NAME. Disorderly as your teeth At those times of paralyzing fear of falling bombs and missiles We did all we could to keep our eyes live We did all we could to avoid closing their dying eyes At the era of regiment of none but YOUR NAME. Oh, I am so sick of you So tired, so fearful Of having you again Anywhere on this planet That I cry aloud: Go away, Go awaaay … Leave us alone, you, damned WAR.