I have never feared death,
even though its hands are heavier than nothingness.
My fear, though, is of dying on a land
where the wage of a gravedigger
is higher than
the price of a human’s freedom.
Choosing at will,
and to build a bulwark
out of oneself_
If death has a price higher than these,
Never ever am I scared of death.
“Of Death” (Original title: «از مرگ»
A poem by Ahmad Shamlou
Translated by Sina Ghasemi.
First published in Derafsh-e Mehr.