Hashem Shabani


executed Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani

Seven Reasons Why I Should Die
by Hashem Shaabani

For seven days they shouted at me:
You are waging war on Allah!
Saturday: because you are an Arab!
Sunday: well, you are from Ahwaz!
Monday: remember you are Iranian!
Tuesday: you mock the sacred Revolution!
Wednesday: didn’t you raise your voice for others?
Thursday: you’re a poet and a bard!
Friday: You’re a man, isn’t that reason enough to die?