Friday, 3 June 2011

I am a woman by Parvin Jahanbani

I am a woman
Who has not buried love alive in her body
The desert that screams: Rain on me.
My heart is heavy
I am a woman
Banished from the abode of the gods.
Let the green-tongued ones of unknown love
Reproach Raba’a and Forugh.
Women who
Love the raw passion of love
Women who, with their pains, cannot be confined
Women who do not hide
Their feelings in the corners of their scarves or behind their veils
Or under the carpet.


translated by Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis

Persian Love Poetry (London: The British Museum Press, 2005), 90.

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