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They Did Not Hang My Son Today

by SETAREH SABETY

28 Jan 2010 18:1218 Comments

They did not hang my son today
But they killed hers.

He was nineteen, they say.
At dawn
(Always at dawn)
They took him and
Put a noose around his neck.

They did not hang my son today
But they killed hers.

What does it take
To force a young man to confess?
A pregnant sister's shivers,
A sick father's
Pleas?

They did not hang my son today
But they killed hers.

He had taken to the streets
Did he yell out their death?
Did he spell their end on walls
With green colored spray?

They did not hang my son today
But they killed hers

How foolish it would be to try
To comfort her!
To tell her that he is a hero
That this boy, her son,
With his last innocent breath,
Sealed Evil's certain death.

Copyright © 2009 Tehran Bureau

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18 Comments

Poignant unforgeteable words about shocking news of more state murders in Iran.

DarJan / January 28, 2010 6:51 PM

Very nice... Make him RIP...

{IRGC}Delta8 / January 28, 2010 6:56 PM

Thank you! I've been weeping ever since I heard this horrific news - ENOUGH!

parvati_roma / January 28, 2010 7:03 PM

I grieve too.

Too many innocent deaths. Too much waste of young life and promise. My heart cries out for them and their families.

Peg / January 28, 2010 7:19 PM

Beautiful! thanks.

vida / January 28, 2010 8:14 PM

Next time the Iran government say they take a life. I say Take my life instead. Iranian people suffered enough

jonas / January 28, 2010 9:07 PM

Today I'm pessimist
looking for a gleam of light

How deep is the chasm
How acute the pain
of those mothers and fathers
brothers and sisters

when the prosecutor signed
when the hanger hung
when the Leader looks on
indifferent and dumb ?

But I am not there
I'm miles away from
Yet I feel the pain
Like they were my sons.

As a feather touch of relief
These poor families might hear
The fact that we are many
Oceans away, yet so near.

A wave of sympathy
is risen from the world
For your sons so beloved.
Let it rise up unhindered
Till not like a tsunami
that kills only innocents
It washes the evil
That engulfs their murderers.

pessimist / January 28, 2010 9:37 PM

God bless you Sissi djoun,
And honoured be the memory of those fallen in the line of duty, the duty of their hearts, they are true soldiers and the Angels of Heaven cry in dispair, why does Death harvest innocent souls? May those responsible for such injustice, and all their self-righteous henchmen burn in Hell forever.

Amoo / January 28, 2010 9:59 PM

@Pessimist,
Simply outstanding.
Moving words which in instance sink into the hearts and souls.

Aryajet / January 28, 2010 10:14 PM

Thanks for this nice poem. I wish PBS and other networks give more coverage to the human rights abuse in Iran. 9 more can be killed any minute. 63 in the deth row. Where is the UN?

Golku / January 29, 2010 1:00 AM


My heart bleeds for these mothers, don't forget God is watching them and will pay them back.

shamsi / January 29, 2010 1:03 AM

@ Setareh


Beautiful.


@ Shamsi


God is busy. Payback will be arranged by earthlings.

Ali from Tehran / January 29, 2010 1:51 AM

Again Pogo was right when he said, " We have met the enemy and he is us". The minor inconsistency is that Walt Kelly had Pogo his cartoon character speaking about America during the Vietnam War. In learning of the legal lynchings in Iran it becomes clear that Pogo's thoughts could apply to that sad country which is at war with itself. Yogi Berra the great American sage sums the situation in Iran better than I ever could when he said, "It's not over until it's over". The Khamenei regime has thrown down the gauntlet in a particularly cruel and brutal fashion. They should expect upon their inevitable defeat to be treated with no greater kindness

Richard / January 29, 2010 6:06 AM

These executions are absolutely appalling and yet again show the barbarity of this regime taking the lives of young innocent Iranians.

As Ali from Tehran suggests this regime needs to be held to account for each and everyone of their inhumane, illegal actions.

Agha Irani / January 29, 2010 2:27 PM


As in the case of the heinous cruelties committed by the German Nazis to a historically hitherto unprecedented extent, by the Italian Fascisti, by the Chilean military, by the Argentine military, by the oppressors of most countries of the former Communist Eastern bloc, by the Serbian killers of Muslim Bosnians,

for at least some of those perpetrators and serious offenders had there been no escape from justice and legal retribution.

»Universal jurisdiction or universality principle is a principle in international law whereby states claim criminal jurisdiction over persons whose alleged crimes were committed outside the boundaries of the prosecuting state, regardless of nationality, country of residence, or any other relation with the prosecuting country. The state backs its claim on the grounds that the crime committed is considered a crime against all, which any state is authorized to punish, as it is too serious to tolerate jurisdictional arbitrage. The concept of universal jurisdiction is therefore closely linked to the idea that certain international norms are 'erga omnes', or owed to the entire world community, as well as the concept of 'jus cogens' - that certain international law obligations are binding on all states«
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_jurisdiction

Publicola / January 29, 2010 5:49 PM

A deeply moving and saddening poem. So many innocents have been caught up in the machinations of the corrupt, misguided government of Iran. It seems they have has forgotten the duty they have to protect and nurture their own people. No state, no society in recent memory has persisted and survived the level of depravity that the authorities in Iran exhibit. For shame!

gunjesk / January 29, 2010 9:46 PM

One should hope, pray and work towards a world where such things will not happen and all human life will be equally valued. That the perpetrators of such inhumane actions will themselves feel remorse if they truly believe in God as they proclaim who will for certain take an account from them.
Iran will need a truth and reconciliation commission at some point to help it deal with all the pain and suffering caused post-Revolution and help in the healing of deep wounds caused to society by extemists.

rezvan / January 31, 2010 1:20 AM

They are as evil as the Shah and Savaak. IMHO they have surpassed him.

Bill / February 1, 2010 2:20 AM