Thursday, March 26, 2009

quatrain 1133

Sunlight has two versions of quatrain #1133. There is a Zara Houshmand translation but I cannot find my own commentary on this.
Burning with longing fire,
wanting to sleep with my head on your doorsill,
my living is composed only of this trying
to be in your presence.

version by Coleman Barks

i seek fire
that's my longing for you
i seek a way out
that's how i'm at your door
i'm sick and tired
of being so unhappy
only you can show me
the time of my life

trans by Nader Khalili

I seek a fire to burn away love's pain,
A carpet made of the dust at your door.
I've had enough, and more, of misery.
Let me just be happy in your company.

trans by Zara Houshmand

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Friday, March 13, 2009

quatrain 193

Sunlight has two further versions of quatrain 193, in addition to Houshmand's at friendship among us:
O my Beloved,
The thought of you keeps me from you.
The thought of your face covers your face.

When I remember your lips,
they fade away.
When I think of your kisses
they come no more.

version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva

Invoking Your name
does not help me to see You.
I'm blinded by the light of Your face.
Longing for your lips
does not bring them any closer.
What veils You from me
is my memory of You.

trans by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi

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