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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