Another Birth by Forough Farrokhzad

Image    Forough Farrokhzad (1935-1967)

On December 2nd, 2013, the piece I have written for Goucher College’s chamber singers is going to be performed in Merrick Lecture Hall. The Poem for this piece is based on Forough Farrokhzad’s poem: “Another Birth“. The poem itself was very long, and I could not use all of it; therefore, I decided to arrange it in my own way. Below, you can read my translation and arrangement of this beautiful poetry. The last strophe is my addition to the piece, which is also my own interpretation and conclusion of Farrokhzad’s philosophy of life


Life is perhaps

a child returning from school back to home

Life is perhaps

a rope with which a man hangs himself


Life is perhaps

Lighting up a cigarette 

in between the narcotic repose of two love makings

or the absent gaze of a passerby with a meaningless smile: “good morning”




in a room as big as loneliness

my heart as big as love

looking at the simple pretexts of its happiness

looking at the beautiful decay of flowers in the vase

and the song of canaries, singing to the extent of a window


Life perhaps is

this very moment of you and I

stretching through the time

with this very simple smile 


(refer to Forough Farrokhzad’s website for more info: