by Majid Naficy

Oh, Lord, forgive Thou me,

Not as Thou forgavest Thy children, Eve and Adam.

They tremble still

Behind the trees of Eden,

In awe of Thy mighty strides.

And they clutch the stolen green fruit

In their small hands.

Oh, Lord, forgive Thou me,

Not as Thou forgavest Thy son, Cain

Thou didst not want his corn,

But Thou accepted Abel's herd.

So Thou provoked Cain's jealousy

And put a dagger in his fist.

Oh, Lord, forgive Thou me,

Not as Thou forgavest Thy children, the people of Noah.

Thou punished them with such a mighty flood

That to this day

The crow which was sent

To bring news from land

Has not yet returned.

Oh, Lord, forgive Thou me,

Not as I forgave my son, Azad.

He woke up at midnight, demanding milk,

But I denied him

To break this nightly habit.

He began sobbing,

And I put my hand on his mouth

To silence him.

Deep in his eyes

I felt the sound of Adam's children,

Who for centuries have moaned

Under the wrath of their own god.

Oh, Lord...

Nay, thou my son, forgive thou me

Forgive me.


January 4, 1991

The English version of this poem was first published in Muddy Shoes (Beyond Baroque Books, 1999) and then in Father and Son (Red Hen Press, 2003) both by the author.


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I'm stunned and sadened by this vision of yours.

But thank you for the beautiful photograph of the deer.



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by A Hassan Danesh, Sociologist (not verified) on

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