For String Quartet (female performers)
Based on the poetry by: Forough Farrokhzad
Performed by Hannah Nicholas, Julian Yang, Maya Cohon and Rebecca Reale
Visuals: Kevork Mourad
New World Symphony, Miami, FL
April 11, 2016
The Wind Will Blow Us Away
by Forough Farrokhzad
Translated by Sholeh Wolpé
Inside my little night, alas,
the wind has a rendezvous with the leaves;
inside my little night, there is fear
and dread of desolation.
Hear the darkness blow like wind?
I watch this prosperity through alien eyes.
I am addicted to my despair.
Hear the darkness blow?
This minute, inside this night,
something’s coming to pass. The moon
is troubled and red; clouds
are a procession of mourners waiting
to release tears upon this rooftop,
this rooftop about to crumble, to give way.
Beyond this window, the night quivers,
and the earth once again halts its spin.
From beyond this window, the eyes
of the unknown are on you and me.
May you be green, head to toe—
put your hands like a fevered memory in mine…
these hands that love you.
And cede your lips
like a life-warmed feeling
to the caress of my lovesick lips.
The wind will one day blow us away.
The wind will blow us away.
Farrukhzād, Furūgh. "The Wind Will Blow Us Away." Sin: Selected Poems of Forugh Farrokhzad. Trans. Sholeh Wolpé. 2007 ed. Fayetteville: U of Arkansas, 2007. 34-35. Print.