This picture was taken at the tomb of perhaps Iran’s most loved and celebrated poet – Hafez, in the city of Shiraz. A country once known across the world for its prose and poetry, is today hardly remembered for the same.
It was incredible to watch the reactions of the people who came here, almost like they were visiting a shrine of a saint. Some of them came here and read their favourite poems of Hafez while others kissed or touched the tomb with respect and a lot of emotion.
It seemed to me that this little girl who came there with her family didn’t quite understand what Hafez means to Iranians and was thus simply distracted by the foreigner with a camera.
Here is one of the poems written by Hafez translated into English (‘My Brilliant Image’):
One day the sun admitted,
I am just a shadow.
I wish I could show you
The Infinite Incandescence
That has cast my brilliant image!
I wish I could show you,
When you are lonely or in darkness,
The astonishing Light
Of your own Being!