Friday, January 29, 2010

quatrain 494

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #494:
Who sees inside from outside?
Who finds hundreds of mysteries
even where minds are deranged?

See through his eyes what he sees.
Who then is looking out from his eyes?

-- Version by Coleman Barks
Open Secret
Threshold Books, 1984

who is the one
who sees the external
right from within
who is the one
who casts a hundred magic spells
when watching the insane in love
try your own eyes
see how they see
who is the one
who is looking out
through your eyes for you

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

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At Thursday, 11 February, 2010, Blogger Bob Hoeppner said...

Hey! You're back to posting again. Seems you disappeared for a while.

I attended a Coleman Barks reading a couple years ago. It was entertaining.


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