Winter 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 2007 |

Yazdgerd’s Stone

From the Persian.     Among the ghosts who speak to each other about the world of the living, Yazdgerd's ghost in the mill says to the millstone: Don't speak to me of death, Stone, I would much prefer being a servant to your flours, a humble day laborer with a meager wage, than the mortal kings who no longer exist. By the tomb, a branch in water, forever.       In me, from you there are distances          I am not within youWhen I take a distance from you in me          LikeYour separation from with me

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