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Mina Asadi


Mina Asadi, was born in Sari, Mazandaran Province (1943). She lives in Sweden.

Poetical Works :

  • Mina's Present [Armaghan-e Mina, 19??];
  • Who Is Throwing Stones? [Cheh Kasi Sang Mi-andazad?, 1971];
  • Of Love Nothing Is Left with the World [Az Eshgh ba Jahan Chizi Namandeh Ast, London, 1987];
  • A Ring to Me Is Bondage [Man beh Angoshtar Mi-guyam Band, London, 1988];
  • Work Report [Karnameh, London, 1988].
  • She has also published studies of Iranian children living in Sweden, and of immigrants and racism.

One of Mina Asadi's poems from the book Modern Persian Poetry by Mahmud Kianush:




I do not think of prayer-mats,

But I do think of a hundred roads

Which pass through a hundred gardens

full of silk-tassel trees;

I know the Kibla; (1)

It has its place where happiness is;

And I say daily prayers

On the Silk Roads,

With the music of sparrows.


I do not know what Affection means,

Or what can be the difference

between one land and the other.

Aloneness is what I call Happiness

And desert is what I call Home,

And whatever makes me sad I call Love.


To me a five-pound note means Wealth;

I describe anyone who picks a flower

as Blind;

And in my eyes a net,

that separates the fish from water,

is a Murderer.


I look at the sea with envy

And say to myself:

"How small you are!"

Perhaps the sea

Also feels the same

When it joins the ocean!


I do not know what is Night,

But Day is what I understand well.

To me a flower-bush is a Village

And a short walk in the gardens

of memories, Freedom,

And any meaningless smile, Joy.

To me anybody who has a cage

in his possession

is a Gaoler;


And I see any thought

that may remain useless in my mind,

as a Wall;

To me a ring is Bondage.


I do not think of prayer-mats,

But I do think of a hundred roads

Which pass through a hundred gardens

full of silk-tassel trees.


(1) The Kibla (or Ghebleh) is the direction towards which Moslems face when they say their five daily prayers (the Ka'bah or House of Allah in Mecca).

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