Persian Poetry – The Tree Frog by Nima
This week, Persian poetry page presents Nima.
In some parts of Iran, especially in the north of Iran, people believe that when tree frogs sing it will begin to rain soon. So, they know this frog as the messenger of rain!
Imagine that you are a farmer and living in a very potentially green and fertile area. Your livelihood depends on water. Normally, you shouldn’t have breathtaking trouble to produce your products, as your area has been green for years. Suddenly, you face a drought that is going to destroy your life. Then, one day, you see the tree frog singing again. What will your mood be in such a moment? You will become really happy, as you already know that this is a positive sign and you are going to see rain soon. Now, what will happen to you if you listen to this frog for days and find no single drop from the sky?
The poet, symbolically, briefly, and strongly explains his land and the dreadful drought. Nevertheless, he doesn’t get angry at the frog. Instead, broken-heartedly, he begins to talk to the frog and says: ” O, the messenger of the cloudy days! My land, adjacent to my neighbors’, has become dry. My shack is dark with no happiness in it. The wooden walls (bamboo-made walls) of my house are falling due to lack of water, like the hearts of friends when parted. Tell me when the rain will come?”