Iran, Freedom of Expression: My freedom of voice

Iran, Freedom of Expression: My freedom of voice
by Azadeh Azad

"Freedom is like oxygen. We do not think about it until we do not have it." - Wu'er Kaixi, Chinese freedom fighter


Imagine a devil

Forbidding a rose

To perfume the air.


Imagine a fool

Ripping out the wings

Of a butterfly.


Imagine dark clouds

Cloaking the bright sun



I know of roses

Half-dead butterflies

Dark suns and daughters.


I know of fathers

Banning their daughters

To learn read and write


For fear of finding

Them sending love notes

To latent lovers.


What is a flower

Without its display

Of fragrant beauty?


What is a butterfly

Without fluttering

Over pollen grains?


What is a woman

Without her trained mind

Her uncensored tongue?


Born of a shared act

In constant demand

For defence, I prize


My freedom of voice!



©2010, Azadeh Azad



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Thank you

by Azadeh Azad on

Dear Darius, Maryam, Yolanda, Marge, divaneh, Red Wine, and benross,

Thank you so much for your lovely comments.




Imagine a fool Ripping out

by benross on

Imagine a fool

Ripping out the wings

Of a butterfly.

A fool? Does anybody remember that guy who killed and barbecued one of swans in Hyde Park London?... another proud Iranian if I recall correctly. He is probably now posting in IC!

Beautiful poem Azadeh. Thanks. 

Red Wine

یک کلام، زیبا

Red Wine

اشعار شما همیشه بنده را به وجد میاورد،ساده و بی‌ شیله پیله.... یک کلام، زیبا !

دست بوس هستیم. 



Lovely poem

by divaneh on

Liked it very much.

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Something about those women and butterflies

by I Have a Crush on Alex Trebek on

They are too beautiful to fathom. For some, they stand by and admire them. For others, they have to possess it or restrict it. Beauty can do this to people. 



by yolanda on

Thank you for your poem. Thank you for mentioning Wu'er Kaixi, the Chinese Uyghur student movement activist, who survived Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989.

Maryam Hojjat

Very Nice!

by Maryam Hojjat on

Azadeh Jan, You have great imagination!

Payandeh IRAN & True IRANIANS 

Darius Kadivar

Exquisite !

by Darius Kadivar on

Beautiful Azadeh Jaan !