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

Monday, 19 April 2010


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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