اگر به حقیقت باور داریخانه را از دروغ به پیرای
و چون فرزندِ حقیقت در افسانهی مصری
به دادخواهیِ حقیقت برخیز
تا چشمهایش دوباره بدرخشند.
Truth and Falsehood by English sculptor Alfred Stevens (1817-75)
Truth and Falsehood
I read in Egyption papyruses
That Truth and Falsehood were brothers.
One day Truth borrowed Falsehood’s dagger
But lost it by misfortune.
Falsehood took the case to court,
Claimed the dagger was irreplaceable
And asked the judge in return
To blind Truth and order him
To become the doorkeeper of Falsehood’s house.
Today, too, a false little man
Has blinded Truth
By his repetitious denial of facts
And made him the doorkeeper of his house
And stopped journalists and scientists
Who are the gatekeepers of the house of Truth
From questioning and researching.
If you believe in Truth
And, as the child of Truth in the Egyption legend,
Rise to seek justice for Truth
Until his eyes shine again.
January 31, 2017