Bijan Jalali; translated from the Persian by Hamed Kashani and Gary Gach
when you look
is all that is
are the eyes
of the earth
with bright surprise
how each branch
of a tree
seeks its own path
Bijan Jalali (1928–99) was among a movement of poets who broke away from strict classical Persian poetry and spearheaded a simple, brief, verse, known as sepid (white) poetry. His works include Days, Our Hearts and the World, The Color of Water, Play of Light, and Dailies.
Hamed Kashani is an Iranian poet and translator. He is a member of poetry workshops at the Karnameh Institute of Arts and Culture in Tehran and hosts Friends of the Garden, with Gary Gach.
Gary Gach has published nine books, and his work has appeared in European Judaism, Inquiring Mind, The New Yorker, Yoga Journal, and the anthology Language for a New Century.