07 February 2010

The Sin - Forough Farrokhzad


The Sin

I sinned, a sin all filled with pleasure
wrapped in an embraced, warm and fiery
I sinned in a pair of arms
that were vibrant, virile, violent.

In that dim and quiet place of seclusion
I looked into his eyes brimming with mystery
my heart throbbed in my chest all too excited
by the desire glowing in his eyes.


In that dim and quiet place of seclusion
as I sat next to him all scattered inside
his lips poured lust on my lips
and I left behind the sorrows of my heart.


I whispered in his ear these words of love:
“I want you, mate of my soul
I want you, life-giving embrace
I want you, lover gone mad”

Desire surged in his eyes
red wine swirled in the cup
my body surfed all over his
in the softness of the downy bed.

I sinned, a sin all filled with pleasure
next to a body now limp and languid
I know not what I did, God
in that dim and quiet place of seclusion.


Translated by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak,


From Forough Farrokzad.org

12 comments:

nursemyra said...

To paraphrase Augustine "Lord grant me chastity.... just not yet"

Claudia said...

Beautifully well said. But was it a sin? And I read it here before. Not that I mind. I like the poet's words and feelings.

jams o donnell said...

Ah Augistine of Hippo had the right idea nursemyra!

I forgot I had put it up before Claudia, Still it is a great poem from a truly great poet who left us far too young

Claudia said...

Exactly what I thought. Actually, I printed the poems that you posted, and I'm trying to find a French translation. She truly lived the poignant words that she wrote.

jams o donnell said...

She did, She was a suoerb poet, Her life was interesting too

Sean Jeating said...

Not only that I loved to read it again; one day I'll post it, myself.
Graet poem!

jams o donnell said...

Thanks Sean. The more posts the merrier!

nursemyra said...

Do you also like Anne Sexton?

Sean Jeating said...

:)
Not knowing Jams' answer, yet.
Anyway, here's Anne Saxton reading The Truth the Death know.

jams o donnell said...

As it happens I am not familiar with her. Thanks to you both for drawing attnetion to her!

Claudia said...

Thank you, Sean. This is a very good presentation from Chris. Anne Sexton was never afraid of feelings and words. Much sadness...

jams o donnell said...

I am definitely going to have to read her works. I have a whetted appetite now!