Forugh Farrokhzad

Issue #
September 8, 2014

هديه / The Gift

من از نهايت شب حرف ميزنم
من از نهايت تاريكي
و از نهايت شب حرف ميزنم
اگر به خانه من آمدي براي من اي مهربان چراغ بيار
و يك دريچه كه از آن
به ازدحام كوچه ي خوشبخت بنگرم

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

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