Golden skies

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It’s a golden sunset

The sky is bathed in gold

The water is a shimmering gold

The clouds are ribbons of gold

Is this our earth?

Or another planet?

In this golden sunset there is serenity and beauty

There is a sense that all is well with the world

How can this beautiful place be riddled with anxiety and disease?

How can in this world, man not love his fellow man?

How can in this atmosphere, the environment be under assault?

In this magical place,  peace doesn’t seem so far out of reach

In this golden sunset all is well

All is right

The way it should be

 

July 20th, 2020

Grey skies

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The sky is grey

A low cloud cover makes one feel short of breath

The mood is somber and heavy

The time is in the past

When a tornado swept the land

And things were blown away and looted afterwards

When some men lost their place in society

And had to start all over again

A little dizzy from the fast pace of change and destruction

When the lives of youths were left in limbo

Making them wonder what to do

When boys became soldiers

And lives were lost in battle

When one’s political leaning

Could end one up in jail or worse

I wasn’t there during those times

But I’ve heard the stories now

And I wonder how I would have fared

Many of my friends stayed

And lived through the aftermath of the tsunami

There were injustices they witnessed

Some things seemed arbitrary at times

Those days were dark

Now, the sky is still grey

Sometime it’s hard to breathe

Sometimes it rains or it hails

Sometimes winds are strong and savage

And I wonder when there will be a little respite

 

July 10th, 2020

 

A poem about the 1979 revolution in Iran

Summer evenings

 

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Summer evenings

Sitting outside

Bug bites

The hum of the air conditioner

The swishing of the sprinkler

The green grass

 

Sitting in the gazebo

My feet up on the table

Trying to soak in the moment

 

We are always doing

Rushing from one activity to another

It’s good to sit quietly sometimes

And contemplate

Or write

 

These days won’t last

Before we know it, it will be fall

Let’s live intentionally

Slow down sometimes

And give thanks

 

July 5th, 2020

O Canada

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O Canada

My home after my homeland

O Canada

Where I spread my wings

O Canada

Our refuge during frightening times

O Canada

Freedom, your gift to us

When people ask me where I’m from

I always say Iran

That bond is secure

And will be for the years to come

But you became a safe haven for us

A place where we could live and thrive

 

O Canada

You are not perfect

No country is

You mistreated the natives of this land

You are warm hearted and welcoming

But issues of race and justice remain

O Canada

You need time to grow and become more mature

You’ll need all your inhabitants for this growth
O Canada

A beacon of hope in this world of ours

O Canada

Where many nationalities reside side by side

July 1st, 2020

Bird song

 

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I open the window one early morning

The silence of the home is broken by bird song

It’s a symphony

It feels urgent

This beautiful orchestra 

The birds give the news of the break of dawn

They remind me of the beauty of the creation of God

Nature has a way of waking up one’s soul

Nature, calming and inspiring at once

 

June 28th, 2020

Post traumatic growth

 

 

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As quarantine rules loosen

We are still left with the remnants

No shaking hands or hugs

No big gatherings where you can sing and talk

Travelling is much different than before

Shopping with masks on seems odd

 

But we are the masked people for now

Whether we like it or not

And keeping two meters away is what I’ll try to do

But it’s so cold and unfriendly too

 

the challenging part is that there’s no end in sight

We will have to live like this for months

Something I thought was temporary

Has become a way of life

 

No use to pine after the life that was

The only choice we have now is to adapt

And accept that this is what it is for now

 

These are extraordinary times

Ones for the history books

All I hope is that when it’s done

We’ll have experienced some post-traumatic growth

 

June 22nd, 2020

Covid

 

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Our world is being held hostage by a microscopic parasite

Our world, the one we didn’t take good care of

Our world, where we were busy running around

Our world, in which material things meant so much

 

Covid will be with us for a while

The lessons we need to learn take time 

We thought we had everything under control

We didn’t realize how fragile we are

 

June 26th, 2020

The morning team

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Every morning they are present

Choosing and sharing poetry with us

Poetry written by the old masters

Poetry to delight the heart

And then add to this poetry the 

Amazing art of hieroglyph  

They do it so well that it seems easy

But this is not a job for the faint of heart

 

And there is the back and forth

The teasing and the jabbing

The humour and the laughter

And as if that’s not enough

Poems are written on the spot

Following the rhyming scheme of the ones being shared

Then someone else joins in

And the number of poets increases

 

The result is wonderful poetry

Demonstration of wit and talent and knowledge 

And conversations that are quite funny

 

The morning poetry team 

Has evolved over the years

The task has become more complex and demanding

And yet, our friends rise to the occasion everyday

 

This amazing effort 

Requires love and commitment 

One that brings us joy and delight and laughter 

One we should not take for granted

 

June 17th, 2020

The embrace

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Layers of deep purple, soft light blue and dreamy orange paint the sky this evening

In the forefront, two trees have reached out to each other, their branches entangled in a warm embrace 

This beautiful scene makes me think that we all need this kind of connection 

It looks right

It feels right

It depicts love   

And I smile as I keep staring at this beautiful sight

 

June 17th, 2020

 

photo by Hoveida Saberi

Upstream

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Going against the current is not easy

But when was anything worthwhile attained easily?

 

When the vision is there

The desire is there

The strength is developed

With persistence and patience

We reach our goals

 

We are not meant to have easy lives

We are meant to have meaningful lives

Purposeful lives

 

Fewer people have the foresight and the determination

To swim against the current

There may be those

Who can’t understand those who swim upriver

They may even make fun of them or feel sorry for them

 

But the end of a difficult journey

And reaching one’s goal is very satisfying

And it usually means the beginning of another adventure

 

June 10th, 2020