Three Gifts

In Memory of Saeed

Three Gifts
by Majid Naficy

One day my father called us and said:

I have three gifts for you--

A red heart, an hourglass, and...

O God, I don't remember the other one.


Mehdy took the heart

Opened its two halves

And strummed the strings of its chambers.


I took the hourglass

And along its white sands

I fell from one half to the other

Asking myself:

What can be done in three minutes?


And Saeed

At age ten went to Paris

For heart surgery

And at age twenty-nine

He was executed in Tehran.


I remember him.

He had red cheeks

And strong hands.


March, 1994


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by Doto Danesh (not verified) on


My second hunch is that the book that saeed got as gift from his dad was the same book that got khosrow interested later on in reading more books and got him invloved in all night literary criticism with his friends in a closed room full of cigarette smoke puffing...



Dear Mr. Naficy

by Monda on

beautiful thoughts and emotions in the right words, as usual.

Azadeh Azad

Dear Majid

by Azadeh Azad on

Thank you for this beautiful gift to the readers.


Nazy Kaviani


by Nazy Kaviani on


I think you all got the heart, Mr. Nafici.


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by Doto Danesh (not verified) on

My hunch is that Saeed got a book to read for present which at the end costed his life.

Book ... a potent heroin always at reach

Azarin Sadegh

Deeply sad...

by Azarin Sadegh on

Dear Majid,

Such a beautiful poem! There is a hint of deep regret, even remorse in this poem, as if this sorrow would never go away.

You have managed to keep Saeed alive for eternity through this short poem which reads in much less than 3 minutes. I can see him so clearly and this is what your reader will remember; this young man with red cheeks, strong hands, a short time to live and a fragile heart. 

Love your work! Azarin 


Pretty poem. Saeed got

by jamh on

Pretty poem. Saeed got something too, right?