fresh young shoots arise
crumbling winter’s iron earth
bursting into spring
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to Carpe Diem #1179 Arise
In this episode, Chèvrefeuille has introduced us to a well known nineteenth century Persian poetess, Tahirih:
O slumbering one, the beloved has arrived, arise!
Brush off the dust of sleep and self, arise!
Behold the good will has arrived,
Come not before him with tears, arise!
The mender of concerns has come to you,
O heavy-hearted one, arise!
O one afflicted by separation,
Behold the good tidings of the beloved’s union, arise!
O you withered by autumn,
Now spring has come, arise!
Behold the New Year brings a fresh life,
O withered corps of yesteryear, up from your tomb, arise!
© Tahirih (Tr. Farzaneh Milani)