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HAFT SEEN

I sit here,
in this room,
with its wooden floor,
round table and old brown sofa in the corner.

14 August 2012 Tuesday 01:06
I sit here,
in this room,
with its wooden floor,
round table and old brown sofa in the corner.

I am looking at a crystal bowl with a goldfish inside.
The goldfish is so tiny, as if it has just came into this world.
It takes me back to
my auntie’s house
and her cosy living-room
very similar to this one,
with a fine Persian carpet covering it.
The beige carpet with its golden-beige details and purple flowers in the middle-
it covered the wooden floor.

And it was our new year.
The first day of spring,
with the beautiful haft-seen on the table, along with the gold-fish.
The haft seen or the seven different things on the table, sib, sabzeh, seer, somagh, serkeh, sonbol and samanoo, which start with S or seen.
Symbols of health, love, faith and unity, ambition,
generosity, power and finally the gold fish, the symbol for life.

With joy, my auntie used to put all these things in order.
I used to ask her: “what are these all about?”
While she was holding me in her arms
she’d tell me with a smile,
“These are symbols of life, reminding you, how precious life is
just like the haft-seen.”
By Soheila Ghodstinat

Soheila Ghodstint was born in Iran. She has lived in 30 different places, 13 different cities and 7 different countries.


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