I speak from the deep end of night.
Of end of darkness I speak.
I speak of deep night ending.
O kind friend, if you visit my house,
bring me a lamp, cut me a window,
so I can gaze at the swarming alley of the fortunate.
Poem by Forugh Farrokhzad, translated by Sholeh Wolpé
acknowledgment: Sin—Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad (University of Arkansas Press, 2007) Winner of Lois Roth Persian Translation Award