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Kurdish Fragment

Posted in Dylan Thomas Hayden, Original, Photo, Poetry with tags , , on September 25, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden


Looking yesterday at these images of Syrian Kurds attempting to flee the ongoing catastrophe in that country I recalled the late Christopher Hitchens’ advocacy of Kurdish liberty. As he never tired of repeating, the Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world to have no state of their own. I also remembered an anonymous fragment of Kurdish poetry that I translated many years ago, via an Italian intermediary. Apart from its approximate age I have no further details of the poem nor of its Italian translator. It was written in the 7th or 8th century and shows that persecution is far from being a new experience for the Kurdish people.

The places of prayer are destroyed
The fires spent
The greatest men hidden
Cruel Arabs raze
the peasant villages as far as Sharazar
Enslaved are wives and daughters
Brave men are rolled in blood
The rites of Zarathustra are no more
The Wise Lord has no pity on us

La Bonne Heure II

Posted in Dylan Thomas Hayden, Poetry with tags , on July 13, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

the ruined fruits
the ragged walls
the dead snow
the sullied hours
the locked steps
have broken the streets
the shame of living
floods my eyes

the lightless homes
the toothless laugh
the crushed squares
the harried old age
profiled in the hearth
all the misery
to walk over
disemboweled horses
in the arena of heads
the stolen shutters
the open houses
the children outside
words of straw
the only truth

empty mattress
for no sleep
neither laughter nor dream
cold in the gut
iron in the snow
burning in the throat

what have you done what have you done
with the warm hands of tenderness
have you lost the sky
in the head by the world
in the stone in the wind
friendship and the smile
like stray dogs
like dogs

–Tristan Tzara, trans. DTH

Ray Nance

Posted in Collage, Dylan Thomas Hayden, Music, Original with tags on September 10, 2013 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

To Nam June Paik

Posted in Art, Dylan Thomas Hayden, Original, Photo with tags , on September 9, 2013 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

The Sky Tonight

Posted in Dylan Thomas Hayden, Original, Photo on September 26, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Light Painting IV: Night Walk

Posted in Dylan Thomas Hayden, Original, Photo on September 11, 2011 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Street Where I Was Born

Posted in Dylan Thomas Hayden, Kansas on August 17, 2011 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Maple Street in Overbrook, Kansas

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