The lines of my poem personify Persia as the muse who both cultivates Clotilde's artistic intellect and leads her eastward. This spiritual guide also forges her feminine strength and character when she is unjustly accused of spying during the political demonstrations that took place in Iran this past Summer. Without substantial proof or reason, Iranian authorities seized and arrested her. Her only crime was taking pictures with a mobile phone to record events through e-mail and cellular photos. Forced to endure a mock trial and plead guilty to a crime she did not commit, Cotilde was eventually released into the custody of The French Embassy. There, she now awaits for further news of her release and ability to return home to France .
Like so many young people who have aspirations of touching the world with their humanity and also having the humanity of other cultures touch their own, Clotilde Reiss shines as a beautiful example of this premise. Her first name, itself, originates from Germanic roots meaning "renowned in battle". And so she now waits, a heroine battling in silence to retain hope and prevail. For more information on her story and life, please click on this article called, Clotilde Reiss: Lover of Iran, Prisoner of Evin.