Make the punishment fit the crime
usual suspects, rounded up
One of them a shrinking violet
Pass the buck became silent
The inspector looked the eyes
Who should be blamed for the crimes?
Parents, teachers, friends or none
society, the fertile ground?
Addressing the shrinking violet
Asked inspector with a cry
Why the hell have you done
such a crime with a gun?
He was silent like a dumb
Marching quite a different drum
He did not like to say
anything about what he's done
He looked shyly at his friends
Maybe someone gives him help
Everyone was without a word
They were all in blind alley
Waiting the sentence to be carried


Mohammad Forouzani (Martin) is an assistant professor of English Language and Literature presently teaching at the University of Nizwa, Oman. He was born in 1964 in Tehran, Iran. He holds BA and MA degrees in English Literature and a PhD degree in TEFL. Forouzani started intensive reading of Philosophy and Persian literature in his early youth which led to his writing of poems, satires, and critiques on social and political issues. His first collection of Persian poems was published in 1997 under the title “Khaste-tar az Zaman” (More Tired than Time)., He has publications in the area of language teaching and recently published a selection of his English poems in Voice of Monarch Butterflies: Middle Eastern anthology by ten poets from Ganges to Nile (2016- Editor: S. Saeidnia). Two of his poems were also published in Tuck Magazine in August 2016.

Last updated August 12, 2016