Forough Farrokhzad

(5 January 1935 - 14 February 1967 / Tehran)

Call To Arms - Poem by Forough Farrokhzad

Only you, O Iranian woman, have remained
In bonds of wretchedness, misfortune, and cruelty;
If you want these bonds broken,
grasp the skirt of obstinacy

Do not relent because of pleasing promises,
never submit to tyranny;
become a flood of anger, hate and pain,
excise the heavy stone of cruelty.

It is your warm embracing bosom
that nurtures proud and pompous man;
it is your joyous smile that bestows
on his heart warmth and vigour.

For that person who is your creation,
to enjoy preference and superiority is shameful;
woman, take action because a world
awaits and is in tune with you.

Sleeping in a dark grave is happier for you
than this abject servitude and misfortune;
where is that proud man..? Tell him
to bow his head henceforth at your threshold.

Where it that proud mane? Tell him to get up
because a woman is here rising to battle him;
her words are the truth, in which cause
she will never shed tears out of weakness.


Comments about Call To Arms by Forough Farrokhzad

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (1/26/2018 6:37:00 PM)


    Fighting for right is wise step taken ever. Women should be recovered from all sufferings. They should get equal rights in society. This poem is very beautifully penned. We hear a complete story of awareness through wonderful expression in this poem...10 (Report) Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (1/26/2018 7:58:00 AM)


    woman, take action because a world
    awaits and is in tune with you.
    Yes, it's high time, women, not only from Iran, but of the world need take the reins of their fate into theirs.Thanks poetess for such a brave inspirational poem.
    10++++ for the sharing.
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  • Glen Kappy (1/26/2018 7:56:00 AM)


    First, I would like to see the poets so featured in this category honored by having their poems carefully in-putted. I noted the missing period after the first stanza—oh well. But mane instead of man in the last.

    Then, it is not only Iranian women. But, ending with a positive, we men are women’s creations in more ways than one.

    -GK
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  • Rajnish Manga (1/26/2018 7:07:00 AM)


    Woman has suffered a lot over the ages in almost all the male dominated societies. But with the spread of education, knowledge and awareness in women things have started changing. They are ready to fight for their legitimate rights even at the cost of taking on the male chauvinists in the society. It was long overdue.
    never submit to tyranny.... For that person who is your creation,
    to enjoy preference and superiority is shameful;
    Tell him.... to bow his head henceforth at your threshold.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/26/2018 5:55:00 AM)


    Let me quote a stanza from the poem
    'Sleeping in a dark grave is happier for you
    than this abject servitude and misfortune;
    where is that proud man..? Tell him
    to bow his head henceforth at your threshold.' calling her friends not to feel weak and slavish. If required take up arms to fight for your rights. Very nice poem. Loved it.10+++
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  • (1/26/2018 2:07:00 AM)


    A true poem of strength in woman. No mealy mouth peer pleaser.. Full of purpose and direction.A wonderful read.Ten (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 29, 2011



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