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Payvand's Iran Literature ...

11/26/03
Poem: In the Butcher’s Shop

By Leylanaz Shajii, Tehran

 

Through the window of the butcher’s shop

a quiet series of

sheeps’ heads with their eyes closed or

sometimes half-open   light-blue slits dreaming,

gentle smiles

waiting to be simmered with salt and pepper.

 

Inside, the butcher’s squinting his eyes, contemplates on

the precision of his next movement

the sheep’s corpses hanging skinless.

His hands firm on the knife handle, he raises his arms.

Polished, sharp, the blade stays still in the air for a moment

and then drops along the axis of a sheep’s spine.

Two perfect halves.

Full focus, lips tight.  The butcher takes a few steps back

to savor from afar the symmetry.

 

On his forehead now

drops of sweat like dew.

 

Leylanaz Shajii

Tehran November 20, 2003

 



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