by Farzana Marie

Your old life was a frantic running from silence. — Jelalludin Rumi

You remember the tale,
the whisper
that made the wine cup clatter
to the stone and before
anyone could protest both
had left
a thousand obligations
and the shattered pieces
of their royal reputations
strewn like November leaves
down the windswept corridors
of their former, sensible selves.

Irresponsible, whirred the rumors
Irrational, hummed the mills
Unseemly! sputtered the sawdust
Un…kingly, huffed the council.

But nothing could be done.
They were gone.
And secretly each among the throng
longed to be
the whispered-to one
and wondered whether
what was in them was enough
to do what those whispered-to
knew suddenly they had to do.

Musical composition by Victor David Sandiego

Farzana Marie is a poet and PhD student at the University of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern and North Africa Studies, where she focuses on Persian Literature with a minor in Creative Writing. Farzana’s poetry has appeared in print and on-line journals including The Rusty Nail, Adanna, and Exit Strata, and When Women Waken, as well as a forthcoming anthology by Holy Cow! Press entitled The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and the book Hearts for Sale! A Buyer's Guide to Winning in Afghanistan.

Farzana has been writing poems and stories since she was a child, publishing her first poem at the age of 12. After growing up internationally in places like Chile, Kazakhstan, and California, Farzana enrolled at the United States Air Force Academy, where despite a rigid military lifestyle, her poems sprung up stubbornly amid marching to lunch, astronautical engineering headaches, and Saturday morning inspections. After graduating with a B.S. in 2006, she completed an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and served on active duty for over six years, including two consecutive years deployed in Afghanistan. She now serves as president of Civil Vision International, a nonprofit charitable organization focused on positively influencing international relationships through connecting, informing, and inspiring citizens. You can follow Farzana on Twitter: @farzanamarie.


Farzana, I love your voice! I could listen to you read your poems for hours.
Holly, Dec 08, 2014
bob kostic, Aug 10, 2013