Saturday, June 21, 2008

quatrain 97

From Sunlight, three interpretations of Quatrain 97:

Our drunkenness does not come from wine.
The joy of our gathering
does not come from the harp or rubaab.
With no celestial beauty to fill our cup,
Without friends, without singing, without wine,
We burst out like madmen,
rolling drunk on the floor.

version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva

We don't need wine to get drunk,
or instruments and singing to feel ecstatic.
No poets, no leaders, no songs,
yet we jump around totally wild.

version by Coleman Barks

i don't really need wine
to get drunk
i don't really need music
to feel delight
without a wine pal
music and dance
i'm intoxicated
happy and gone

trans Nader Khalili

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2 Comments:

At Saturday, 21 June, 2008, Anonymous Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai said...

My intoxication needs no wine
nor my swooning needs a lute
I am drunk with happiness and joy
I need no goblets no flute

 
At Saturday, 21 June, 2008, Blogger Arizona said...

Thank you, Ghulam, is that your own translation?

 

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