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  • Haft Seen

    If it weren't for the clouds,
    I could
    pick the stars
    one by one
    from this brief sky,
    hang them
    in your…

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    هفت سین  

    ابری اگر نبود
    می توانستی
    از اين آسمان کوتاه
    دانه دانه
    ستاره بچينی،
    از موهای مدام آشفته اش
    و انگار کنی
    می گويد: 

    به قالين َموْر می مانم
    که هرچه کهنه شود
    زيباتر می گردد
    دو، سه بچه ی شيطان
    بر آن شاشيده…

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    Portrait of Shakila Azizzada

    Haft Seen

    Written by

    Shakila Azizzada

    Translated by

    Mimi Khalvati

    Bridge translation by

    Zuzanna Olszewska