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     What if    ‫ا‬

               


For   my people     ‫ای‬  

             

 

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What if   we first learned to help ourselves   before moving on to help others 

  ‫ا‬   ‫د‬

‫د ن‬

‫ اول‬،

‫ا‬

‫از ا‬

             

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What if   the burden weighed too heavy   and we needed a break from it 

    ‫ا‬  ‫د‬

‫ن دا‬ ‫ا دا‬

‫دو‬ ‫ری‬ ‫وا ج ا‬             3 


What if   we made space within ourselves   before entering others’ spaces   or, rather,   spaces inhabited by others living with trauma 

   

‫ا‬  ،

‫د ن‬

‫ ای‬، ‫ز‬

‫ی‬ ‫ز‬

‫از ورود‬ ‫ای او‬

 ،        

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What if   we acknowledged trauma   and recognized that it couldn’t be eliminated   or, rather,   it required a lifetime to work through 

   

‫ا‬

،

‫ف‬

‫در‬

 

‫رو‬

‫ز‬

‫داد‬

‫ج داره‬

  ‫و‬

‫ا‬

،      


What if   we accepted  or, rather,   came to terms with   ordinary su ering 

‫ا‬  ، ‫د‬

     

‫ل‬ ،    ‫رو و‬  ‫ر روز ه‬         6 


What if   we felt comfortable   with feeling discomfort 

    ‫ا‬  

‫دا‬

‫س را‬ ‫م را‬

‫ا‬               7 


What if   we were sites of both   pain and pleasure    risk and possibility  being and becoming 

‫ا‬

   

‫د‬

‫دو و‬ ‫درد و دی‬  ‫ل‬ ‫وا‬  ‫دن و ن‬         8 


What if   we were lived experiences of both   the past and the future through the present 

    ‫ا‬   ‫د‬ ‫دو رو‬  ‫و آ ه رو در ا ن‬

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What if   we didn’t have to wait for time to bring the future to us,   but, rather,   we invited it to settle in early and take over the present 

    ‫ا‬  ‫ره‬

‫ه رو ا ن‬

‫ه‬

‫ن رو‬

‫ما‬

‫آ‬

‫ز ن‬ ‫دو‬

‫زود‬

‫د‬ ‫د‬

‫ر‬ ،

‫د‬        

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What if   this invited future held the power    to subvert our traumatic past       ‫ا‬

‫ه‬

‫ا رو دا‬ ‫رو از‬

‫ا‬ ‫ی‬

‫ه‬ ‫ز‬

‫آ‬            

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What if   we used refusal as resistance 

    ‫ا‬   ‫د‬

‫ع‬

‫ا‬،

‫و‬

‫ای‬

             

12 


What if   we refused to allow our traumatic pasts  to bleed into the present   and dictate our future 

 

‫ا‬  

‫ی‬  

‫ز‬ ‫نر ی‬ ‫ند‬

‫ا‬

‫ا وز ن‬ ‫و آ ه رو‬           13 


What if   we refused to allow ourselves   to stay in a victimized place     

‫ا‬

‫داد‬

‫د ن ا زه‬ ‫ه‬ ‫در‬

         

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What if   we refused to allow others   to add to our burden   in relieving themselves of their own 

‫ا‬

‫ن‬

‫ن از‬

‫ا‬

‫درد ن ا‬ ‫د‬ ‫ر‬        

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What if   we refused to be pinned down   and reduced to labels 

 

‫ا‬  

‫دا‬

‫د از ا‬ ‫داده‬

‫ی‬

‫و‬              

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What if   we refused to divide ourselves into labels  to begin with 

    ‫ا‬   ‫د‬

‫د ن رو در‬

             

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What if   we looked beyond ourselves  

 

  ‫ا‬   ‫د‬

‫ه‬

‫د ن‬

‫ا از‬

 

           

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What if   we took a revolutionary approach   rather than a reformist one   when (re)constructing the self 

    ‫ا‬   ‫دا‬ ‫ا‬   ‫ی ها ح ا‬  ‫د‬ ‫و دو ره‬

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What if   we redefined ourselves   from all the constraints   in order to reclaim ourselves 

    ‫ا‬   ‫‍ د‬

‫د ن رو‬   ‫ود‬  ‫آوردن د ن‬

‫دو ره‬ ‫از م‬ ‫ای د‬         20 


What if   we no longer expected and relied on others   to make a di erence on our behalf      ‫ا‬  

‫ا‬

‫د و از آ‬ ‫ا د‬

‫و‬

‫د ان‬ ‫د د ن‬

  ‫د‬               21 


Translation by   Ceemin Golshan     

 

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What if  

While ‘what if’ questions evoke in us an anxiety regarding the uncertainty of the future, they simultaneously open up discourse surrounding...

What if  

While ‘what if’ questions evoke in us an anxiety regarding the uncertainty of the future, they simultaneously open up discourse surrounding...

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