Romantic

He who says “I love you”

is a sad soloist

having lost his song.

 

I wish love had

a tongue to speak

 

A thousand happy larks

are in your eyes,

A thousand silent canaries

in my throat.

 

I wish

love had a tongue to speak

 

He who says “I love you”

is the bereaved heart of a night

that seeks its moonlight.

 

I wish love had

a tongue to speak

 

A thousand laughing suns

are in your graceful gait,

And a thousand weeping stars

in my yearnings.

 

I wish

love had a tongue to speak.

 

Ahmad Shamlou Romantic
Photo by Lois Greenfield

Ahmad Shamlou“Romantic” (Original title: «عاشقانه»)
A poem by Ahmad Shamlou
Translated by Sina Ghasemi
First published in Derafsh-e Mehr
Featured image by Lois Greenfield

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