Escape from the Homeland
By Arezzo Ahmadi
Translated by Asadullah Jafari “Pezhman”
If I am unfamiliar, forgive me
I am homeless and shelterless, forgive me
I am a passenger on the roof of the whole world
I am homeless and homelandless, forgive me
They forced me to leave my house
They forced me to flee my homeland and nest
They have set fire to my whole life
They have sent me to a foreign country
I do not know where the blackness comes from
Where did this homeless wandering come from?
I traveled on the sea’s wave
Where did the fish stink come from?
I am in the depths of the well, look at me
I am as homeless and brotherless as Joseph
The mosque is full of the blood of the oppressed
Whether in exile or in my homeland, I am ruined!