Tag Archives: Iran

1968 (Crossing the Border Between Turkey & Iran)

My tender lips pressed to the dirt, 11 years old, flinging myself down, sobbing, At the Turkey – Iran border, Guard posts and soldiers, Buses stacked with spilling chickens and children, Kurds, swaggering teens, and hippies. To see and see … Continue reading

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Public Hanging in Shiraz, 1968 – Avery Cassell

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The German Hitchhiker

The German hitchhiker hovered five inches above the sand, His blond hair glowing in the mid-afternoon Shirazi sun, Ponytail slung insolently over one shoulder, Jeans tight and torn, Dusty backpack at his sandaled feet. I was 16 with an empty … Continue reading

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Mohamed is on Fire

A quick slap; Whoosh of air and the sting of Cobra’s hand across my cheek, My name marks me as jinn; a five year old desert fairy, Possessed of an evil spirit. Your hand angry at my gender. Your amulet … Continue reading

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In Three Days

In three days I will be forever older than you, Your notes are in my black knapsack that I carry on my back, Waiting to be copied and dispersed…copied and dispersed.   If I could grow wings, They would be … Continue reading

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