I have never feared death,
Even though its hands are heavier than nothingness.
My fear, though, is of dying on a land
Where the wage of a gravedigger
Is higher than
The price of a human’s freedom.
Choosing at will,
And to build a bulwark
Out of oneself_
If death has a price higher than these,
Never, never, ever I am scared of death.
A poem by Ahmad Shamlou
Translated by myself.
First published in Derafsh-e Mehr.
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