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"REHAL, or HIS BAR-MITZVAH MOUSTACHE IS" by FARBUD TEHRĀNCI

Rachel Sherman

"REHAL, or HIS BAR-MITZVAH MOUSTACHE IS" by FARBUD TEHRĀNCI

 

(This is a list of things the Persian poets called the hair on a young boy's lip before his first shave.  -ed)

 

INK

LETTERS

A WORD

THE ADDRESS

THE PERMISSION

A CURSIVE LINE OF PROSE

TAWNY

A LEECH

NAUGHTY

THE THUNDER

THE ARMOR

THE CAGE

A NIQAB

HEARTLESS

HEART-SEEKING

HEART-FOOLING

HEART-PULLING

HEART-SWELLING

HEAVY-HEARTED

BLACK-HEARTED

STONE-HEARTED

A PITILESS SWORD

A BURNT BREATH

A WET NOTEBOOK

THE RAVEN APRIL

A THICK CLOUD

A DARK CLOUD

THE CURTAIN OF DUSK

THE BORDER

AN ARMY OF ANTS

THE ATTACK OF ANTS

AN UNINVITED ANSWER

AN UNPROMPTED GLASS OF WATER

A REPEATED PRESENT

AN IMITATED RHYME

A LINE FROM THE QURAN

HOMEWORK FOR THE MAD

THE TONGUE-TWISTING SPELL

THE ALPHABET OF MADNESS

THE RUST ON THE MIRROR

THE DASH DRAWN WITH A PEN FULL OF ASHES

THE DUST OF DESIRE

THE CURING KOHL

A SIP OF OPIUM

THE POISON IN THE NILE

SHADOW OVER THE SOUR-ORANGE TREE

A FADING VERSE IN A SA'DI MANUSCRIPT

THE RING STAIN OF RED WINE ON THE CUP

THE WEED GROWN AROUND A PINK BUD

THE FENCE AROUND THE PREY

A TRAP FOR THE GAME

THE SHORT NIGHT OF CONSUMMATION

AN ALBUM OF THE PAST DAYS

A TRANSLATION OF THE SECRET

AN ANT RUNNING ON THE LEAF OF MY LOVE'S FACE

THE BLACK EDGES ON A ROSE PETAL

THE VELVET BELT AROUND MY LOVE'S WAIST

THE VIOLET OF THE NIGHT SKY

MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN CALLIGRAPHY

A WELL-WRITTEN LOVE STORY

THE DRAW OF A BOW

THE TRACE OF A WHEEL IN THE SAND

THE SMOKE OF INCENSE THAT FLIES

THE MI'RAJ OF MY MOON-FACED LOVER

THE HALF-MOON

HALO AROUND THE CRESCENT

A FAMILIAR FACE

AN UNSEEN FACE

A NOT-SO-WELL-KEPT SECRET

NIGHT-SCENTED STOCKS ON THE WALL

A SHINY VESSEL IN THE CLOUDS

THE MID-NIGHT OF HOPE

BEARER OF THE MORNING

BEARER OF THE SPRING

A SIGN OF MERCY

A NEW DRAWING SKETCH

A NEW BLOOM

THE FIRST BOIL OF SPRING

THE HEAVENLY GIVEAWAY

FRESHLY ADORNED

MUSK-THROWING

LIFE-GIVING

NARROW-BODIED

SUGAR-COATED

DAFFODIL SYRUP

TASTING LIKE BASIL

A BAND OF PANSIES

THE GREEN GRASS OF THE FIELD

THE GREEN OF A JUJUBE-COLORED TIGHT-MOUTHED PISTACHIO

A MEADOW FULL OF NARCISSI

AN EARTHFUL OF FAIRIES

A CASCADE OF UNPAID FLAVOURS


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