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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