Monday, June 26, 2017

The Canary Said ...


The canary said: 
                  Our Planet ...
                  The planet of golden bar cages 
                                               and china crocks.

The red fish of the new year's table* described it as a place that

                                               - blooms- with each spring.

The vulture said:
                                               Oh my planet !
                                               The unique planet !
                                               in which
                                                             -  death -
                                                             creates food.

The shark said: 
                          The earth.
                          Provider of  food underneath the oceans.



Human said no words.

It was only him who had cloth on.

and his sleeves were wet from tears ...





* A poem by Ahmad Shamlu, Calligraphy and Translation by Medya Ghaizadeh
* Persian new year which is first day of sprint.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Guy Buys a Shirt.


One day Nasreddin goes to a shop and looks a pair of pants and puts them back without buying them and then looks at a shirt with the same price and walks away with the shirt .

The shop owner yells at him :

- "Hey you didn't pay for that shirt!"  
- "But I put the pants back instead" Nasreddin responds.

- "You did not pay for the pants !" 
- "Why I should pay for the pants if I put them back ? " Nasreddin responds.



* In Persian literature, Molla Nasreddin is a character who lived in 13th century. he does silly things showing philosophical paradoxes . my translations are not word by word but meaning by meaning.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Carol of the Greatest Wish


Sigh...
Only if freedom would sing a song.
                    Tiny 
                    Tiny as a bird's tweet.

Nowhere, 

would remain a ruined wall ...

It would not take so many years to find out,

That each ruin 

                    is the absence of human.
and the presence of human 

                    is civilization .

That was the story of the great absence.
That was the story of the ruins.

Sigh...
Only if freedom would sing a song.
                    Tiny 
                    Just as tiny as one bird's tweet ...                                      



By Ahmad Shamlu, 1977 Rome, Italy.

* Translation and Calligraphy by Medya Ghazizadeh. All rights are reserved.

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