چنان عاشقم / I'm So in Love by Simin Behbahani - March 2011


"I'm So in Love"

I'm so in love, so in love! that I cannot see myself

I ask this mirror where my Simin has gone

Where have her eyes, revealing and raven-lashed, since gone

Her eyes that read me books by pillowside.

Her lips that tell your lips,

'Take from me whatever you want from me, for I am sweet and ripe'


Why should my doctor say, Endure the distance!

Tell him enduring is not worthy of my ways

Why should I, a restless soul, endure

I, of delicate heart, a spirit so light

Why should I endure, I'm not solemn or made of stone.


I could sum up in one line a thousand wishes of mine:

Every last wish would be to linger with a companion

What am I saying?! My time has come and gone

Youth impossible, to old age I must resign

Loving and caring are not becoming of me 

Shameful I am of one, fearful of the other indeed


But openly I speak to the mirror, that confidant of mine

That tells me of late:

Oh you eternal lover, What ask you of Simin,

For I can see nothing of her within.


Translated from the Persian by Niloufar Talebi @ 2011

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