I'm So in Love

I'm so in love, so in love! that I cannot see myself
I ask this mirror where my Simin has gone
Where have her eyes, revealing and raven-lashed, since gone
Her eyes that read me books by pillowside.
Her lips that tell your lips,
'Take from me whatever you want from me, for I am sweet and ripe'

Why should my doctor say, Endure the distance!
Tell him enduring is not worthy of my ways
Why should I, a restless soul, endure
I, of delicate heart, a spirit so light
Why should I endure, I'm not solemn or made of stone.

I could sum up in one line a thousand wishes of mine:
Every last wish would be to linger with a companion
What am I saying?! My time has come and gone
Youth impossible, to old age I must resign
Loving and caring are not becoming of me
Shameful I am of one, fearful of the other indeed

But openly I speak to the mirror, that confidant of mine
That tells me of late:
Oh you eternal lover, What ask you of Simin,
For I can see nothing of her within.


By Simin Behbahani
Translated from the Persian by Niloufar Talebi