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Silenced

img_5386When you stop people from talking

When you close the schools down

When people can’t go to work

And the nation comes to a stop

There is something that’s not right

Something that can’t be explained away

In this age of communication 

There is something wrong if you don’t let 

people communicate

The seeming peace is a mirage

The embers are burning under the logs

Fire can still erupt from those embers

If the conditions are right 

It’s not silence when you cover someone’s mouth

It’s not freedom if you don’t let people talk

 

November 17th, 2019

Thinking of the people of Iran

Fall carpet

 

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They are inviting us to sit with them for a while

Look at the beauty of nature and

The amazing colors, a feast for the eyes

 

They say let’s look back at the summer

What did you enjoy?

What was hard?

 

They say let’s look ahead to winter

The season of hibernation 

We can still do a lot in those cold months

 

They say let’s think about right now 

The blessings we have

How far we’ve come And then they thank us for visiting them 

And staying for a while 

 

October 16th, 2019

Early mornings

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It’s early in the morning

It’s pitch black outside

The rest of the household is sleeping

But I’m wide awake

 

I pick up my phone 

To see what my friends are up to

Their days have already started

They are awake

 

I talk to my friends in Europe

I talk to my friends in Iran

We talk about history

We talk about art

 

In this part of the world

My friends are still sleeping

But with the magic of technology 

I’m in conversation with those who are not

 

October 26th, 2019

The mysterious smile

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Have you seen someone looking at their phone and smiling

It’s an odd image in a way

The phone can’t be funny, you realize  

In reality that person’s attention is somewhere else

Communicating with a friend who can be miles away

You feel a little left out

They smile again and you wonder why

This is the age when distant places come close by

We can communicate with anybody anywhere

So the person on the phone could be smiling

At something their friend in Australia said 

Or seeing a picture of their grand child

Taken that day

 

October 7th, 2019

The festival

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It is the season of fall

When the trees put on their colorful garb

Ready for the festival that arrives once a year

Orange, yellow, red and auburn 

Magenta, purple and brown 

The colors we see

Evidences of summer are still there

But we can also see the season changing 

 

September 27th, 2019

The Ache

 

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The ache you feel in your heart 

When you leave loved ones

The ache you can’t control, cannot stop

The ache that consumes you

Holds you in a tight grip

The ache that brings tears to your eyes

I felt this ache today

And there was not much I could do

Except accepting it for it was

The ache subsided eventually 

It would have been hard to tolerate it for too long

But it may return from time to time

Can’t totally banish it from my heart

 

June 23rd, 2019

Waves

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Emotions like waves come to the shore

With noise and fury that lessons gradually

Until they arrive at the shore line and there is a semblance of calm

Before another wave comes 

And so on

I feel these waves intensely

They bring me joy and

They bring me heartache

Sometimes the heartaches catch me by surprise

The rush of the wave is unexpected

But calm return eventually

And these waves of emotions

Continue to come to shore

As long as we love 

And as long as we live

 

June 18th, 2019