Six Poems by Bijan Jalali

Sepid poetry by Bijan Jalali

بیژن جلالی

Bijan Jalali


با مرگ بگریزم

تا کهکشان‌ها

زیرا با زندگی

راه چندان دوری

نمی‌توان رفت


with death

i would elope

to the galaxies


thus far

my path

in life

is blocked


دنیا از پنجره اطاق به درون می‌ریزد

و از روزنه چشم‌هایم

به دنیای دیگری می‌پیوندد

من چون جویی هستم

که بین دو مزرعه جریان دارد


the world pours in through the window

& through the shutter of my eyes

it joins another world

like a stream

I am flowing between two fields


کاش من هم می‌توانستم

مثل گربه‌ام

در تاریکی روی لبه دیوار

راه بروم

کاش من هم هنگام برگشتن

به خانه

قیافه اسرارآمیزی داشتم

که از ولگردی‌های شبانه‌ام

حکایت می‌کرد


i wish

i could be like my cat


in darkness along fences

& coming back

to tell the tale

of my late-night rambles

by just my mysterious glances


من در بیرون خودم هستم

هم چنانکه باد در بیرون پنجره است

یا آب در دریاست

من همه جا هستم ولی بیرون از خود

و آنچه هست بیرونی است

آکنده از من


like this wind

outside my window

i’m outside myself


am everywhere


like water in the sea


whatever may be

is all outside

& is full of me


در صدای موج‌ها

شستشو می‌کنم

و گوئیا هزاران هزار سال است

که دریا می‌خروشد

و من چون سنگی

در کف آن آرمیده‌ام


i am being washed

in the sound

of waves


as if the sea

were a millennia

of bubbles


& i am nestled

on her bed as if

one of her pebbles


آخر الزمانی است

نگاه آهوی زخمی

که همچنان می دود

ولی در چشم های درشت

و سیاه او

زمان به آخر رسیده است


The end of time

is the look of a wounded deer

still running

but in those big

black eyes

time has come to an end


Bijan Jalali (1927–2000) was a unique, if lesser-known, voice among seminal modernist Persians writing Sepid poetry (a type of modern Persian poetry free of classical form and concept). Jalali’s simple, brief poems are a continuous dialogue with God, the world, nature, and the reader. His works include The Color of Water, Days, Dailies, Our Heart and the World, Play of Light, and The Water and the Sun.

Gary Gach is the editor of What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop, and he has co-translated three books of poetry by Ko Un. For more about his life and publications, please visit,

Hamed Kashani is an Iranian poet and translator. He is a member of the philosophy group and poetry workshops at Karnameh in Tehran (, an institute of art and culture. He is also a co-host of Friends of the Garden, with Gary Gach, Marjan Mohammadi, and Aria de Shirâz.