Thursday, July 08, 2010

quatrain 167

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #167, with almost diametrically opposed meanings:
The Friend comes into my body
looking for the center, unable
to find it, draws a blade,
strikes anywhere.

Version by Coleman Barks
"Unseen Rain"
Threshold Books, 1986

In a dream my lover came
searching through my body
for the state of love.
When he could not find it
he drew his dagger and stabbed
my heart.

Translation by Azima Melita Kolin and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Hidden Music
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001

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