I had dinner this past weekend with some friends, one of whom is Persian, to celebrate the Persian new year. A good time was had by all. Needless to say, this day does not garner much attention given modern day Persia is embodied in Iran. The Persian people and culture, however, have a very long history. Governments come and go but the culture of a people is as timeless as the traditions they keep. If we could just scrape off the lunatic fringe from both ends of the spectrum and eliminate the governments, I’ll bet the rest of us could get along quite well.
Saturday was the Persian new year
Not a day that is recognized here.
Governments pick sides
But friendship decides
The people we chose to hold dear.