Ahmad Shamlu

From Death

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I have never feared death
Even though
Its hands were more fragile
Than banality.

I dread, however, to die
In a land where
The grave digger's wages
Exceed the price of human freedom.

Looking for,
Discovering,
Choosing freely,
And transforming one's essence
Into a fortress.

If the price of death is higher than all that,
I deny, in absolute terms,
To have ever feared death.

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