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Majid Naficy: The Cypress of Abarkuh

This cypress tree boasts 
That it is much older
Than Cyrus the Great.


Once with my father
I sat in its shade.
We were coming from Isfahan
And wanted to go to Ferdows
From the desert.


I became an exile
My father, a forgetter
And Iran, an inferno.
Now I ask myself:
Will this cypress tree
Remain standing as before?

Author’s note: Ferdows is a city in Iran. The name means “paradise”.

Majid Naficy is the author of many books in Persian and in English including Father & Son published by Red Hen (2003).

Copyright 2021 Majid Naficy

The Cypress of Abarkuh, which legend says was planted by Zoroaster, is located in Yazd Province of Iran. It is estimated to be over four thousand years old.

2 comments on “Majid Naficy: The Cypress of Abarkuh

  1. Rose Mary Boehm
    October 5, 2021

    Gorgeous, wistful poem.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Barbara Huntington
    October 5, 2021


    Liked by 1 person

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