That very thing,

Who’s shape isn’t exactly as was said,

Must turn out,
not exactly as was said.

To have something appear not in the shape it was said, you must
–listen carefully! think of all the things they haven’t mentioned and the shapes they haven’t mentioned–
mold together all those things that wasn’t said, into a desired shape that wasn’t said.

That is what I did.

And she appeared in a shape that wasn’t said,
shook off she own shape and took off into thin air,
shut she eyes and walked out of reach.

didn’t know –didn’t exactly know– what has been lost.


Abouzar Karimi
Aughust 29, 2022 Tehran
Translated by Saghi Ghahrama
Dec 24, 2022 Toronto