Hafez: Political Satire is First Lost on Politicians

The Tomb of Hafez, which is located in the city of Shiraz, Iran, is widely regarded as a treasure of all humanity. Hafez was a poet in 14th century Persia, who wrote about love and mysticism. He is still beloved today by most Iranians. Besides being a poet, he was also a fierce critic of religious hypocrisy and corrupt politics and used satire to do so.

Although the Pentagon has attempted to step back from Trump’s threats to destroy Iranian cultural sites, Trump himself has doubled down on them. As satire is lost on most politicians, can we assume that this cultural site would also be a target for destruction?


Kenn Orphan    January 2020

1 thought on “Hafez: Political Satire is First Lost on Politicians

  1. Mankh

    Kenn, thanks for highlighting some of the astounding cultural beauty of Iran, plus Hafez. When i read that some of the masses of people have gathered in Rumi Square, well, one of many of that mystic poet’s quotables: “Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” And more Rumi quotes (translations) at the end of my poem-essay which also touches on Australia, your recent blog mentions that country, too… so if you feel like reading: “Kōan Fragments of a Distorted World” http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_86628.shtml



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