Forough Farrokhzad

Forough Farrokhzad

(1935 – 1967) She was an Iranian poet and film director. Forugh Farrokhzad is arguably one of Iran's most influential female poets of the 20th century. She was a controversial modernist poet and an iconoclast.

 

 

Earthly Verses

Then
the sun grew cold
and bounty fled the earth.
And the grass dried in the field
And the fish boiled in the sea
And the earth ate no more dead.
Through pale windows the night
rose and surged,
an unfamiliar image,
and the roads snaked and faded
in the dark.
None thought of love
None thought of victory
and no one
thought anything at all.
In the caves of loneliness
was futility born.
The blood gave reek of bhang
and opium.
Women, pregnant
bore babies, headless
and in shame
made their cradles graves.
What black and bitter days!
Bread saved us from prophecy
and hungry prophets, desperate
fled from groves of holy tryst
and lambs astray were deaf to
the shepherd's "Hey!"
in the mire of meadow.