My mother said: From the division of cells

from a genetic material

from your father’s head

But not from me

 

 

My father said: From the clash of civilizations

from a fundamental antagonism

from my tired head

But not from her

Translated by Jennifer Hayashida

Min mor sa: Ur cellernas delning

ur ett genetiskt material

ur din fars huvud

Men inte ur mig

 

 

Min far sa: Ur civilisationernas kamp

ur en grundläggande antagonism

ur mitt trötta huvud

Men inte ur henne

Athena Farrokhzad