A window has been opened to my past,
But don’t many things in life happen unexpectedly?
I’m now in touch with friends from high-school
Some still in Iran
Others living all over the world
We are all 35 years older now
But we share a special bond
Because of the year we spent together
In grade nine
Students from across Iran
Gathered in the Dabirestane Daneshgah
In the city of poetry and love, Shiraz
They’re now once again scattered across Iran
And even across the world
In Australia, Canada and Denmark…
Messages are sent back and forth
Pictures and poetry is shared
Friendships forged years ago
Are still alive and well!
But there is one thing that casts a shadow over this joy
And that’s the lack of freedom of Afif,
One of our dear friends….
Nevertheless this sadness is mixed with thankfulness
Because at least we have contact with him
The love and friendship I feel from everyone warms my heart
The love we all have for dear Afif is evident and clear
This connection after so many years… is unreal!