If I were a prophet!

Cyrus the Great

If I were a prophet!
by Mahvash Shahegh

Cyrus the Great is much talked about in cyberspace these days. Recently a poem said to be his has gone viral. Below you will find the poem in Persian and my English translation.

If I were a prophet!

Making people happy would be my prophecy,
Liberating them, my message,
Making children laugh my miracle,

If I were a prophet!

Scaring people of Hell, I would not
Nor promising of Heaven
Good thinking and being a good human
Would be all I would’ve taught

If I were a prophet!

Don’t be afraid of death
Be afraid of dying from inside
While you are still alive
Would be my only advice
If I were a prophet!

Translated by
Mahvash Shahegh

اگر پیامبر بودم،
رسالتم شادمانی بود،
بشارتم آزادی،
و معجزه ام خنداندن کودکان.

نه از جهنّمی می ترساندم،
نه به بهشتی وعده می دادم.
تنها می آموختم اندیشیدن را
و انسان بودن را

از مرگ نترسید،
از آن بترسید که وقتی زنده اید
چیزی درونتان بمیرد.

کوروش کبیر


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Thanks for sharing. 


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