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Mehdi Akhavān-Sāles or Akhavān-Sāless (1928, Mashhad, Iran — 1990, Tehran, Iran), pen name M. Omid (م. امید, Hope) was a prominent Iranian poet. He is one of the pioneers of Free Verse (New Style Poetry) in Persian language.
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- Your greetings they'll ignore.
- With their heads resting on their chests,
- They seek warmth from their breasts,
- None affords to lift a head to greet the guests.
- Vision is limited,
- The road's dark and slick.
- Your extended friendly hand is refused,
- Not because they are confused;
- They rather keep their hands where they are warmed.
- It is frightfully cold. Do not be alarmed...
- The leafless orchard
Is alone day and night
With his pure and sad silence.
- Poem The Leafless Garden; Quoted in website devoted to the poet, 2013
- The breath coming out of your chest
- Turns into a dark cloud
- And stands like a wall
- In front of your eyes
- Cited in: Newsweek (2009). Vol. 153-154. p. 548