Iran, a hope


Nazy Kaviani
by Nazy Kaviani

After talking with another site contributor, in July I invited the community to join us in writing about their reflections on Iran after the June uprising. I had no idea people would respond so overwhelmingly to the call. I am filled with pride about our community of loving and thinking people who wrote a total of 29 blogs (from 25 contributors) in response to this call. The pieces which were both in Farsi and in English were some of the most thought provoking pieces of poetry, prose, music, and art. Thank you all for your thoughtful and heartfelt contributions. You can see a list of the series below, as well as in my original blog. Thank you!

I would like to invite you all to indulge me in another invitation. As Iran goes through a tumultuous time with expected and unexpected news of courage and devotion, ignorance and hate, these days most of us are preoccupied with conflicting thoughts, fears and hopes about Iran's future. What are your hopes for Iran? What would you like to see happen there? What is your ultimate idea of what a good and happy Iran is? Do you have any ideas on how to reach those goals? I would like to invite you all to write about those thoughts and contribute to a new collection of work by contributors.

Let me remind you again that this is not a writing contest, just a forum for expression in a loose format. You can write in English or Farsi, poetry or prose, art or music, just as you did the last time. The simple rules are as follow:

  1. To mark the group effort, everyone’s piece should start with the following words “One day... ."
  2. Your written pieces should be no more than 750 words.
  3. Please choose the following title for your blog so everyone knows it is a part of the hope series: “Iran, a hope."
  4. Your piece can be in Farsi. In that case please start your blog with the word “roozi...”.
  5. At the top of your blogs, please put in the following phrase: "For the Iran, a hope series."

Thank you in advance for considering this invitation and for your participation.


List of pieces contributed to the Iran, a reflection series.  Thank you all!

  1. “Iran, a reflection”: Olympiad of images in our minds , and Iran, a reflection: "it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" , and "Iran, a reflection: یاد آر ز شمع مرده، یاد آر"  by Anahid Hojjati
  2. Iran, a reflection: fear , and Iran, a reflection: Will they come?, and Iran, a reflection: I confess by Multiple Personality Disorder
  3. Iran, a reflection: Superman by Melika
  4. Iran, a reflection:  امید by Ari Siletz
  5. Iran, a reflection: آزادی by  Javad Yassari
  6. این همان پس-کوچه است by persian westender
  7. IRAN, A REFLECTION: The war inside me by Assal_B
  8. Iran, a reflection: همه میدانند by Orang Gholikhani
  9. Iran, a reflection: Names by Niki Tehranchi
  10. Cartoon, Everyone knows rahbar is a caveman by Omid Hast
  11. "Iran, A Reflection". How Are We Coping?" by minadadvar
  12. Iran, A Reflection: Shot in the heart by Iranian Reader
  13. Iran, a reflection: آواز سوزناک by Moorche
  14. Iran, a reflection: سهراب by Azarin Sadegh
  15. Iran: A Reflection -- Action Confessional by sima
  16. Iran, a reflection: Constriction by Monda
  17. Iran a reflection; Vanity by Anonymouse
  18. We're Not Gonna Take It by Robert
  19. Devastating! by Azadeh Azad
  20. Iran, a reflection: “boro baba!” , and Iran, a reflection: Last seen wearing a green ribbon by Nazy Kaviani
  21. The future is bright by Jahanshah Javid
  22. Iran, a reflection: نگاه by Literary Critic
  23. Iran, A Reflection: Beyond Polished Nails and Gender Divide by desideratum.anthropomorph...
  24. Iran, A Reflection: Days of War and Heat by Baroness Dudevant
  25. Iran, a reflection - Absolute Power by Mehrban

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Thanks for getting so many excellent projects going. You're the best.

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Thank you for your supportive words. Can't wait to see your contribution my friend! I'm working on mine and it is taking longer than usual as I'm trying to be funny (but nothing happens!). Hopefully I'll have it ready soon.

Nazy Kaviani

Dear Azadeh

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Thank you so much for reminding me of the oversight. Please forgive me for leaving your very interesting artwork off the list. I have fixed the lists to include your thoughtful contribution now. Thank you very much indeed.

Please join us in the new call if you can.

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Iran at the Crossroads of

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Iran at the Crossroads of History" is a recent HuffPost by the first president of Iran after the 1979 revolution:

"The regime's own cadres oppose Ahmadinejad, and the deepening economic crisis has both deprived the regime of resources and spurred further public discontent. This has provided an opening in which the Iranian people can determine the outcome of the struggle.

If the Iranian people cease resisting, times will become even harder; if they continue, their uprising will be transformed into a full-fledged revolution. This would make the establishment of democracy a real possibility. All indications now point to the Iranians' determination to see this uprising through."

-- Abdhassan Bani-Sadr, writing in Huffington Post, July 31, 2009

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Azarin Sadegh

I'm in!

by Azarin Sadegh on

Nazy jan,

Such a coincidence! Just last night, in my novel class, my teacher was talking about the ambiguity of the scenes that start with "one day"! He was telling us how each scene should be about specific (a specific place, a specific setting, and time and location, etc..).

Of course, we all know that rules are here to be broken, one way or another!

So, I'd be thrilled to write about my hope for Iran, and you're right! After what we've seen in the last months, for me, it seems that this "one day" is already in the past, and the hope for a better future for Iran is already born, already alive.

Thanks for your wonderful suggestion, Azarin