Poem for Stillness

POETRY FORMAT, 22 Apr 2024

Garous Abdolmalekian - TRANSCEND Media Service

2020 – Amidst the bullets and the tanks sits the powerful desire for peace and love.

He stirs his tea with a gun barrel
He solves the puzzle with a gun barrel
He scratches his thoughts with a gun barrel

And sometimes
he sits facing himself
and pulls bullet-memories
out of his brain

He’s fought in many wars
but is no match for his own despair

These white pills
have left him so colourless
his shadow must stand up
to fetch him water

We ought to accept
that no soldier
has ever returned
from war
alive

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Farsi poetry from Garous Abdolmalekian (b. 1980)


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