Friday, August 21, 2009

quatrain 1332

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #1332:
I have grown old,
but not old from the days.
I have grown old
but not old from the smiles and games
of my Beloved.

With every breath
I am baked and unbaked,
With every step I become the trap
and the one who takes the bait.

-- Version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
A Garden Beyond Paradise
Bantam Books, 1992

if you see me getting old
it's not from the
passing of time
my beloved being
coy and selfish
in every breath
I get cooked
I get raw
over and over
in every step I'm used as a bait
or a trap
over and over

--Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
Cal-Earth Press, 2001

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Friday, August 07, 2009

quatrain 1521

From sunlight, two translations of quatrain #1521:
It's good to leave each day behind,
like flowing water, free of sadness.
Yesterday is gone and its tale told.
Today new seeds are growing.

trans by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi

happiness is to reach
the next post every day
like flowing water
free from stillness
and melancholy
yesterday is gone and
took away its talk
today we must live
a fresh story again

trans by Nader Khalili

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

with or without direction

From sunlight:
He has afflicted you from every direction in order
to pull you back to the Directionless.

--Breathing Truth - Quotations from Jalaluddin Rumi
Selected and Translated by Muriel Maufroy
Sanyar Press - London, 1997