Breaking down cultural barriers
Transposer une culture dans une autre par delà les barrières culturelles

Monday, 19 April 2010

Forough Farrokhzad - AND THESE CARDBOARD STARS

And these cardboard stars
Spinned in orbit around eternity…

Why did they summon an authority?
Why did they invite a mere glance
To the residence of vision?
Why did they pile caresses
On the tresses of virgin modesty?

Behold – in this place -- the one
Whose soothing words
And caressing glance
Dissipated dread
Now hangs
On the gallows
Of your shadows… and how
Your fingers’ five stems -- once
Five digits of integrity –
Have left their mark
On her cheek


Forough Farrokhzâd
translated by Tatul Sonentz
from the French translation of Sylvie M. Miller

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