I see people persisting and persevering
I hear their cries
Asking for freedom
Asking for equality
Asking for justice
I see people paying a price
With bullets in their bodies
With their bruises and injuries
With being intimidated and arrested
I see people’s bravery
Women removing their headscarves
The symbol of subservience
When not their choice
Men standing with women
Boys and girls arising
I see Iranians outside Iran
Supporting their bothers and sisters
Worrying for their safely
Admiring their courage
Praying for their well being
I wonder how long those in Iran have to
Put their lives on the line?
When will other compatriots join them and support them?
When will government agents stop hitting
And sometimes killing their own people?
Their own brothers and sisters?
Their own compatriots?
When will this talisman break?
When will this darkness give way to light?
When will the people’s wishes for justice materialize?
The future is bright
But the path is to freedom
Is paved with blood and sacrifice and
Unity is the hallmark of victory
We are reaching a point of no return
Can this nightmare be coming to an end?
September 25th, 2022
For the brave women and men of Iran