The Death of a Swan / Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi

This was a present to me on my birthday from someone I love, and now I am thrilled to share it with you…


The Death of a Swan / Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi

They say death of a swan, this beautiful bird, is a charming death.
On the night of death he rides a tide, goes to a remote corner to die.
In that sanctuary he keeps singing songs, until he dies.

Some others say this frenzied bird dies
in the same place he makes love.

On the night of death, he rushes to that corner
to forget about the death, to have a peaceful death.

Let’s say I don’t believe any of these about swans;
I haven’t seen one die in a desert.

One day he rises from the sea,
one night he goes back to the sea.

You have been the sea to me, open your arms…
this beautiful swan wants to die.

Listen to it sung in Farsi:


Those silver-tongued Persians, I tell ya…


PS Mehdi Hamidi Shirazi (1914-1986) is a contemporary Iranian poet; you can learn more about him here on ARIranica.

About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance TELL ME, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) CONSEQUENCES (of defensive adultery), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes the non-fiction collection of essays ROUGH DRAFT CONFESSIONS: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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