Former Prime Minister of Iran 1951-53
Mystery malaise and ill health deemed an ‘odd mannerism’*
A symbol of anti-imperialism
So much so that he conducted his business from bed in grey woolen pyjamas (fitting since it is a Persian word after all)
So offensive to capitalist imperialist racist sentiment was he that the Americans and British backed a coup against him.
Just because he sat in bed, this did not mean he remained silent. Mossadegh believed that would have been a sin.
From his bed he did not compromise.
اگر خاموش بنشینم گناه است
My bed is not a safe space
Low rumbles of purrs provide the soundtrack to my own thoughts
I don’t need my head in a duvet to go to a dark place
They say the vibrations of a cat heals bones
I say it heals my mind
Limbs weighed down by critical voices
Mossadegh oiled the wheels towards revolution from his bed
What have I achieved?