Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"Appeal Letter"




After the smothering* of Halabcha
I wrote a long appeal letter to God.

Before I read it to people, 
I read it to a tree.


The tree cried.


Nearby a mailer pigeon told me:
Who is gonna take it for you?
If you are thinking of me,
I can not fly all the way to God!


At midnight,
The angel of my poems, who was wearing mourning cloth,
Told me:

Don't worry at all
I will take it for for you.
All the way to the upper skies.
All the way to the gates of heaven.

But I can't promise that
God himself will take the letter from me.
You know, Its hard
To reach to God.

I said:
Thank you, Please fly !

The angel flew.
 Took my appeal letter with herself.

The day after, when she came back.

A 4th level receptionist in the God office
Wrote a note for me
On the same letter
In Arabic:


"
You foolish man, 
Write it in -Arabic-.
Nobody speaks Kurdish here 
And we won't
forward it
To
God.
"



A poem by Sherko Bekas
Translation from Kurdish By Medya Ghazizadeh


Foot notes;

*1. Halabcha is a city in which Saddam killed more than 5000 civilian Kurdish people by using chemical weapons immediately and 7000 more people died later of the injuries. March 16, 1988

*2. Wearing black in condolences.

3* Speaking Kurdish language was forbidden in many countries including Syria and Turkey.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"That's More preferable."

The soul to catch fire from your love
 That's more preferable.

The soul to become a volcano from your love
 That's more preferable.

Whoever drank one drop from your glass
Got drunk for eternity
 That's more preferable.
  
As you appeared, I went to the hide out
To be with the lover in hide out
That's more preferable.

The pain of your love which burns my soul
Let it be all poison,  
That's more preferable.

 Pour the pain on me and let it be no cure
Cause your pain to any cure 
is more preferable...


Poem by Attar of Nishapur 1145 A.D
Translation from Persian by Medya Ghazizadeh.
Music By Shajarian

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