Friday, June 26, 2009

quatrain 1513

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #1513:
without looking at you
I can not touch the wine
without your hand
I can not win the dice
you are asking me
to dance from afar
without your music
dance will not arrive

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

There is no wine without You,
no use for the rosary without Your hand.
From afar You order me to dance
bu unless You set the stage and
open the curtain, my Beloved,
how can I dance?

-- Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999

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