“Bebar ey abr e bahar / Rain” by Mohammadreza Shajarian
I opened my eyes and Tata was not lying beside me. The tent’s door was open. I sipped the taste of Tata’s lips on my lips which was left while I was still asleep. Mohammadreza Shajarian’s voice exudated from the heart of the desert; The song, “Rain.”
Pour down O Spring Cloud
along with my heart, in memory of my beloved’s hair
I came out of the tent. My feet sank in the damp running sand. It was just before the dawn. The moon was behind the dew-raining cloud. Tata was in the car.
In the dark night like my beloved’s hair
For Leili like Majnoun pour down, O Rain
I reached Tata. Her hand was out of the window dancing with raindrops, singing with Shajarian:
Red like the lips of my beloved
In memory of the lovers of this land
Mourning the lovers without graves
My memories with Tata, along with Shajarian’s tune, turned rapturous all around in a instant.
I sang along Tata and Shajarian:
Ah woe to this world
They have given the moon to dark nights
and gulped her teeth.
Mehdi Navid (b. 1981) is an Iranian author, translator and editor. He is the author of The Book of Sounds, a dual language edition forthcoming from The Operating System in 2018. His previous works include a collection of poetry in Persian titled تو نیامدی بهنگام / جای تو سر شب آمد [You Didn’t Arrive in Time / Dusk Fell Instead] published by Bon-Gah publications, an unpublished novella, بطریها و بدنها [Bottles and Bodies] and کتاب اصوات [The Book of Sounds]. He is currently working on two novellas, one concerning an infamous historical incident which occurred in Iran the 90s involving a number of Iranian authors and another on the assassination of secular intellectuals and writers in the mid-nineties, which is known as chain-murders. He has also translated numerous works from Samuel Beckett, Richard Brautigan and William S. Burroughs to Farsi. He worked as literary general editor for Ney Publication Company, and Rokhdad-e-No Publication House. He also worked as a journalist for Karnameh Magazine. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of Pagard Publications.
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