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  • Writer's pictureEdward Riederich

The Streets of Tehran

(Inspired by the persecuted Christian church of Iran)


Join me and walk the streets of Tehran

If you listen intently you will hear a song

And in the whispers of the wind 

You can hear the cries once again


If you can gaze out a little higher 

Across walls topped with barbed wire

Through the walls of windowless cells

In the Evin prison, a place of hell


In this prison year after year 

Known for torture and for fear 

This underworld of destitution 

Constant floggings and executions 


Across the way in Building 209 

Prisoners morale does decline

Under an intense cruel burden

Sleeping under blankets of urine 


Constant threats and accusations

Under continual interrogations

You will find a people all around

You will find the church of the underground


Yet their suffering turns into strength 

Willing to suffer at any length 

Under pressure beyond measure 

But still Jesus is their treasure 


And as the dust blows through Iran

If you listen closely you will hear a song

And in the whispers of the wind 

You can hear their testimonies rise again 
















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