Ziba Karbassi

The people’s hand was wounded

The people’s foot

The people’s back was wounded

So their sky would rain stars.

When their sky rained stars

The people’s body was wounded

The earth filled with bloodied stars

Cows ploughed the star-filled earth

The people’s heart became a star

The people’s star-heart broke.

Translated from the Persian by Niloufar Talebi © 2021. All Rights Reserved

Read the original Persian poem here.