Printer Friendly

DESERT STONE.

 At the hour of death
if there were a catalog of spite
I would become a grape
and crush myself.
            Have them etch into the stone a snake's eye hanging
            from a grapevine, and soft footsteps of the reed
            smoldering like Rumi's Masnavi,
 for the Bedouin
            who quarrels and scolds. His mother called him the
            golden-haired gun, and he told her: all the words circle
            one word that we are unable to say.
            Have them draw a metal fence around the stone and
            inside the fence place a piece of barbwire, a compass,
            and a broken bowl.

Translated by Kaveh Bassiri

COPYRIGHT 2019 University of Chicago
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2019 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Author:Royai, Yadollah
Publication:Chicago Review
Article Type:Poem
Date:Jun 22, 2019
Words:137
Previous Article:TRANSLATORS' NOTE.
Next Article:AL-RAZI'S STONE.
Topics:

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters