Persian Voices: Shrouds for the Dead
What are these unbecoming cloaks and veils?
They are shrouds for the dead, not for those alive
I say: “Death to those who bury women alive”
If a few poets add their voices to mine
A murmur of discontent will start
With it women will unveil
They’ll throw off their cloak of shame, be proud
Joy will return to lives
Otherwise, as long as women are in shrouds
Half the nation is not alive.
Milani, Farzaneh. “The Concept of Veiling.” Veils and Words: The Emerging Voices of Iranian Women Writers. London: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, p.29. Print
Editor’s Note: Sayed Mohammad Reza Kordestani with the pen name, Mirzadeh Eshqi was an Iranian political writer and poet.