Cinema Paradiso



Cinema Paradiso

A loud explosion, and the building collapses into pieces

What will remind us of all the things that took place
in that building, in that town


The love of a woman who remained faithful to her husband 
who did not come back from the war

The love of a mother, who remained dedicated to her kids
who always asked why their dad did not come back


The love of a kid who was fascinated by the art of motion picture 

The love of a community that came together in the middle of town
to watch a movie on a wall


The man who lost his loved one because of just a short delay in time.

The man who always found something was missing in any woman.


There is so much in the coffin moving slowly in this town 
to bury these memories, and to open space for new ones


Hossein Hakim


Hossein Hakim was born in Tehran, Iran. He came to the United States in 1976 for his graduate studies in electrical engineering and received a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1982. He was
a professor of electrical engineering for 38 years and retired in 2020.

His interests are philosophy, history, poetry, cooking, playing pickleball and traveling around  the world. He has taken three one-month long poetry workshops with Ella Peary and Caitlin Jans at Authors Publish ( The following poems are his first attempt to publish his work.

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