Phone book

Phone book
by Mahvash Shahegh

Legend has it that nothing of us

Remains except for a name

Really?  I doubt that too!


Yesterday, I opened my phone book

Looking for a friend’s number

When I came upon another friend’s name

That was needed no more.

I erased that dear name with my tears

since we had buried him a few days before.


Even in a pitiful phone book

No need for that name anymore!


Mahvash Shahegh
[Persian original]


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