Monday, May 9

I Am


I Am



I am-yet what I am, none cares or knows;

My friends forsake me like a memory lost:--

I am the self-consumer of my woes;--

The rise and vanish in oblivion’s host,

Like shadows in love’s frenzied stifled throes:--

And yet I am, and live—like vapours tossed


Into the nothingness of scorn and noise—

Into the living sea of waking dreams,

Where there is neither sense of life or joys,

But the vast shipwreck of my life’s esteems,

Even the dearest that I love the best

Are strange—nay, rather, stranger than the rest.


I long for scenes where man hath never trod,

A place where woman never smiled or wept,

There to abide with my Creator, God,

And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept,

Untroubling and untroubled were I lie,

The grass below—above, the vaulted sky




By John Clare 1793-1864

Sunday, March 27

A belated Happy Persian New Year, Norouz




May you all enjoy the New Dawn, the New Day, and be prosperous, healthy and content,


May the children of Iran enjoy this ancient tradition with peace of mind and comfort, in our own ancient land,


And may we all see our Home free, the Evil destroyed and demons of many dark souls subdued.



Katayoun

Saturday, February 12

Welocome to the New Western Middle eastern.




I hear that a few days ago, the 32nd anniversary of the American-Islamic-Revolution of 1979{a preparetory effort in bringing "Democracy" and "peace" to the Middle East} was "celebrated" in a quiet way, quite contrary to the way the Revolutionaries of the first rate would have cheered for the triumph of the imported "democracy" and "peace" thirty years ago, when Khomaini was alive. Two decades ago, the Fajr Dahe would have been a spectacle as expensive as Obama's inaugruration or Clinton's Daughter's wedding, and the ever vigilant Western Media would have been present to capture those precious moments of jubilation. In fact, I believe that it was imperative to show the whole world that the Road to Peace in the Middle East passes through Revolutions such as this! This year, the Egyptian Revolution" however, hijacked the attention of the ever-vigilant-Western-Media, and unfortunately there was not much of a talk about the Islamic Revolution of 1979 in Iran!
The West is now providing Goods and Services to the Middle East, and the masses will pay the Taxes for many centuries to come! Even evslavement has a price tag attached to it, but would the masses finally get that.

And I say, well done you Good Old Fox, Thank- you Uncle Sam!



Katayoun

Monday, January 24

Longing













Come to me in my dreams, and then

By day I shall be well again.

For then the night will more than pay

The hopeless longing of the day.


Come, as thou cam'st a thousand times

A messenger from the radiant climes,

And smile on thy new world, and be

As kind to others as to me.


Or, as thou never cam'st in sooth,

Come now, and let me dream it truth.

And part my hair, and kiss my brow,

And say--My love! why sufferest thou?


Come to me in my dreams, and then

By day I shall be well again.

For then the night will more than pay

The hopeless longing of the day.



MATHEW ARNOLD (1822-1888)

Tuesday, January 4

The Young, the New Year...





Well, it's here--in fact, it has already arrived four days ago, the New Year, of course. Many people celebrated it's arrival, many with great hopes for a pleasant year ahead--perhaps,same-old-wishes are being recycled, if there is such an action as recycling wishes-- marched on to the unknown. Around me, as far as I am aware, there is a general tendency to be refreshingly optimistic, who knows what future beholds?! And I am certain that this optimism will carry us through most of the year.


Here in my neighbourhood, in the alleyway, two happy young girls shouted three times, "Happy New Year,every one". Only a fool could resist the sweet melody of hope in their voices! I opened my window, despite the chill and poked my head outside, and uttered audibly, "And a very Merry Year to you too"! They roared with laughter and cried, "Oh, a very merry year, that's cool".


However belatedly, may you enjoy the year of Rabbit, without hastiness nor a long-pause but with much consideration and care. And may your march into the unknown bring you many steps closer to reach your true potentials, and meet your Destiny.


Katayoun