Poetry About Iran by Douglas Gilbert, ” If I Could Rest “

If I Could Rest

I count my breaths
but remember me by the mountain stream
where a breeze caressed your secret hair
and I dared to smile on the giggle of the day
blessed conversation
revelations and a kiss

I miss it on
this last day when
I count my breaths, but
leave me now to green the day

Leave me for Enghelab street
or Azadi Square, or
wherever you will be
to kiss freedom for me

But be so careful — please,
could you
not be the
last martyr

I need you to come back, brave dear
to let me
give you my praise, because

I could breathe you in
and whisper I love you

—Douglas Gilbert

Books by Douglas Gilbert


Poetry About Iran by Douglas Gilbert, ” Come To Tehran “

Come to Tehran on 22 Bahman (February 11)

If you would travel
by every vehicle
in cadences of the heart
on foot, by car, by love
by the eye of the camera
the cellphone, the satellite,
in the spirit of the day
this would lift our spirits
convince the recalcitrant to be human

We who love our children
come to Tehran
to seize the holiday
make it ready for the world

Step aside from every intersection
all rogues obedient to evil leaders
who beat their sisters, their brothers
who rape their own children

repent with your weapons down.
Behold, we seize the holiday
and you can
be bold enough
to untrain yourself
be human again

World, we are
parading, shouting, praying
showing you our passion
our eyes
flirting with freedom,
we beseech you to
embrace us
give us the kiss of life
if you would
dance with us in the streets of Tehran
dance with our words
our pictures, and
let the music of our protest voices
be singing in your heart
if your spirit is lofty
flying to Tehran

—Douglas Gilbert

Books by Douglas Gilbert