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Edges of Pain [Oevers van pijn]

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Ik wilde je stem horen

wanneer je citaten voorleest

uit een pas geboren verhaal

Ik wilde in je ogen kijken

wanneer ze glanzen

van verlangen voor het donker

Ik wilde je wakker houden

met je sterren plukken

uit een dicht bewolkte hemel

Ik wilde met je wandellen

langs een vroege ochtend

dronken van samen zijn

Ik wilde mist worden

hangend om je lijf

glijdend water op je huid

vlammend vuur aan de Rijn

Ik wilde je ooit zien

aan de oevers

van dit pijn.

I wanted to hear your voice

when you read out quotations

from a just born tale

I wanted to look in your eyes

when they burned

with desire for darkness

I wanted to keep you awake

with your star plucked

from a dense cloudy sky

I wanted to wander with you

at early dawn

drunk with being with you

I wanted to become a mist

hovering over your body

running water over your skin,

flaming passion on the Rhine

I wanted to see you ever

on the edges

of this pain.


Ramin Farahani Ramin Farahani was born in 1969 in Tehran, Iran.  He began to experiment with photography and make short films in 1987.  Later, he studied film direction at the Cinema and Theater Faculty of the Art University in Tehran (1989-1993).  Since 1994, he has lived in the Netherlands where he studied at the Dutch Film and Television Academy in Amsterdam (1997-1999).  His portfolio includes photos, a book of poetry, and several films.  Farahani’s last film was a documentary titled Jews of Iran.  He is now working on new documentary and fiction projects in Iran.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).

Jews of Iran
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