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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

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

Poppies

Posted in Dylan Thomas Hayden, Original, Photo with tags on June 2, 2011 by Dylan Thomas Hayden


Song Thrush

Posted in Dylan Thomas Hayden, Music, Original, Photo with tags , on June 3, 2010 by Dylan Thomas Hayden


Messiaen on the song thrush

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