Ahmad Shamlu--Iranian

 

Ahmad Shamlu
(1925-2000)

 

Ahmad Shamlu was born 1925, in Iran.  During World War II, Shamlu contributed to the war effort on the side of the Nazis.  He was arrested by the Allied Armies in 1943 and sent to Rasht, Azerbaijan to serve a one-year prison term.  Shamlu continued his education following the war, and became a stauch nationalist and supporter of the Musaddiq government.  After its fall, he went into hiding, but was found and incarcerated.  All through this time he continued to study, write and translate.  He left Iran in 1977, and lived in the U.S. and later England.  He returned to Iran after the Islamic revolution, and continued to write.  He died in 2000.


The Luminous Horizon

one day we will find our doves again
and kindness will hold beauty's hand.

one day when the slightest hymn
is a kiss
and each man
is a brother
to each man

one day when they won't close the doors
locks
are myths
and the heart
suffices for living

one day when the meaning of each sound
is to love
lest on your last word, you seek a sound

one day when the rhythm of each word is life
lest I suffer the scouring of a rhyme for my poem

one day when each lip is a melody
so that
the slightest hymn shall be a kiss

one day when you come back forever come back
and kindness becomes beauty

one day when we will cast seeds for our doves...

I will await that day
even on the day
when I
no longer
am.