Friday, October 02, 2009

quatrain 369

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #369:
People who are sad,
know not from where that sadness comes.
People who are happy,
know not from where that happiness comes.
People who search to the left,
or to the right,
know not the left from the right.
People who always say, "I and mine,"
know not what is "I"
nor what is "mine."

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

many are sad and never know
where the sorrow comes from
many are happy but ignorant
that it is all from God
many go right and left
not knowing where to go
many me and us are
going on within
but remain unknown

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

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