Let’s Go Read Rumi (Ode to Spring)

RUMI

Before the vultures

dine on another ancient

civilization

and cities become rubble

lets break bread instead of bones

 

lets cleanse our palate

and feast on the food of kings

and queens, lets walk through

smoke screens, and sit on artwork

as the mystics of old sing

 

and old women bring

way too much food, but save room

for the tadeeg and

now its time for tea, pitch black

as the fire burns out back

 

the year is winding

down, time to purify, look

to the sky, honor

the spirits of the dead, try

not to join them yet. Let’s not

 

forget chemical

weapons and CIA coups,

we have no idea

what they’ve already lost and

everything they stand to lose

 

we have no idea

who they are beyond our fear

beyond the hatred

and dehumanization,

consider Iran for your

 

next vacation. Watch

Parts Unknown episode 6

season 4, see what

Bourdain saw before it’s sticks

and stones, before tanks and drones

 

before VA loans

for veterans of another

war, lets stop this now

before fear and hate, before

we script fate, it’s not too late.

 

The new year is here

it’s time to purify, it’s

time to speak up so

no one else has to die, time

for us to see through the lies

 

see humanity

when we look into their eyes.

Before the vultures

have more war dead to dine on

let’s shine a light on the truth

 

let’s go read Rumi

and Hafez if we need proof

that they’re human, that

they’re far from evil, that we

see them through a smoke screen and

 

we rely on sound

bites, and we’re afraid to take

east bound flights because

of fear. Well, it’s Nowruz so

here’s to peace in the new year.

 

 

*Nowruz (which means ‘new day’) is the Persian new year. Nowruz the day of the vernal equinox and marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The last Wednesday before Nowruz, the festival of Chaharshanbe Suri is celebrated. A fire is made and people jump over it in a purification ritual.

**In 1953, the CIA and British intelligence orchestrated a coup which overthrew the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh, who had recently nationalized Iran’s oil (upsetting American & British oil companies)

***During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980’s, Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran. Well aware of what was going on, the CIA assisted the Iraqi military with intelligence reasoning that, since the Soviets weren’t condemned internationally for using chemical weapons in Afghanistan, there would be little repercussions. Causalities from these weapons were in the tens of thousands, both military and civilian (with well over 100,000 Iranians killed in the war by other means with nearly half a million wounded). America was complicit in some of the most gruesome chemical weapon attacks ever launched. President Reagan wanted to ensure an Iraqi victory against Iran, no matter the cost. In spite of this, Iranians don’t hate Americans, but they are rightfully disgusted with our government.

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