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Afsoos o dareegh o aah o faryaad
A poem in the heat of the revolution

February 11, 2002
The Iranian

My father, Ali Moayed Sabety, was a member of the Majlis (parliament) from Khorasan and later a senator for many years from the same province. This is a poem he wrote two month before the fall of the Shah.

He held no government office since 1960s when he was prevented from running for the Senate by the Shah. His property was confiscated as a result of a ruling issued by Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali. He lived in exile from 1978 until his passing away a year and a half ago at the age of ninety-eight. (See "Under the shade")

His poem reflects well the general feelings at the time of the revolution. My father wrote many more poems in exile, critical of the theocratic regime. Like most Iranians, he disliked the Shah and the mollas. I present you this poem not because it is one of his best but for its historic value and as a reminder of how and why we made the revolution.

Note: The poem's pages are numbered from 3 to 9. The first two pages are my father's related notes which have not been included here.

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