Saturday, June 20, 2009
A Terrible Day
A ghastly turn of events in Iran today. I cannot imagine the fear and the rage that must blanket that country tonight. I am already haunted by a video clip I wish I had not seen, of a young woman in her last moments. What is there to do, but persist? But how many others will be sacrificed to a flailing, jealous regime on its way down? Stupefied, sorrowful, I offer another Persian miniature, for lack of anything else to say. It features a Persian king known for his prowess as a hunter and a lover. But I selected Bahram Gur in the Green Pavilion in honor of green, the color held up by crowds as the hue of Iranian aspiration. Tabriz, 1481.