“شهادت” کندوی عسلی بود

که خرس از بابک ربود.

بابک پرسید:
“کندو را می‌خواهی چکار؟”
خرس گفت:
“برای ساختن ضریح تو”
“ملکه‌اش را می‌خواهی چکار؟”
“برای تکثیر نوحه‌خوان تو”
“عسلش را می‌خواهی چکار؟”
“برای شیرین کردن آب تربت تو.”

پس خلیفه، بابک را کشت
و زنبورها بیادش
عسل سبلان را سرشتند.

        چهاردهم ژانویه هزار‌و‌نهصد‌و‌هشتاد‌و‌شش

The Cult of Martyrdom
        by Majid Naficy

“Martyrdom” was a hive of honey
Which a bear stole from Babak.*

Babak asked:
“What do you want the hive for?”
The bear answered:
“To make your shrine”.
“What do you want its queen for?”
“To multiply your mourning mullahs.”
“What do you want its honey for?”
“To sweeten your holy water.”*

So    The Caliph killed Babak
And in his memory
The bees made Sabalan honey.

        January 14, 1986

*- Babak Khorramdin(798-838) was an Iranian militant who fought against
the Abbassid Caliphate. He was born near Sabalan Mountain in
Azerbaijan, Iran.
*- Every month, members of Shia families in Iran share a holy water
made of the soil of the grave of martyr Imam Hossein in Karbala, Iraq
for protection against evil.

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