Mahvash Sabet’s “Bear This in Mind”

Mahvash Sabet is a Bahá’í prisoner of conscience currently serving an unjust 20 year sentence in Iran. Read more of her story here.

Bear This in Mind

When you pass by
a heap of rotting rats
bear this in mind:
they might not all be dead.
They might just be lying there,
lying and pretending.
Because no one bothers
the dead round here.

This is, I believe, an poem from the early part of Mavash’s incarceration. Please keep her in your hearts and prayers; she is gravely ill in prison, suffering from tuberculosis of the bone.

Please consider purchasing Mahvash Sabet’s poetry as an act of solidarity in the fight for human rights: in the US, from Amazon; in the UK, directly from the publisher.


This English edition of Bear This in Mind is ©2013 by Bahiyyih Nakhjavani, who adapted the original Persian texts into English; all rights reserved.


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2 responses to “Mahvash Sabet’s “Bear This in Mind”

  1. therealvixen

    That’s so sad… Hope she get gets better soon!

    • I agree, it is a very tragic tale…which is why her poetry, and especially the more recent poems, with their strength and joy, are so heartbreaking. I so wish Iran would release her and the other 100 or so Baha’is and the other thousands prisoners of conscious in that sad, human rights-deprived country. Thank you for reading!