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

Basiji
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
here
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