I have never feared death,
Even though its hands are heavier than nothingness.
My fear, though, is of dying on a land
Where the wage of a gravedigger
Is higher than
The price of a human’s freedom.
Choosing at will,
And to build a bulwark
Out of oneself_
If death has a price higher than these,
Never, never, ever I am scared of death.
“از مرگ“ A poem by Ahmad Shamlou Translated by myself. First published in Derafsh-e Mehr.