Thursday, November 04, 2010

quatrain 116

From sunlight, three versions of quatrain #116:

Take someone who doesn't keep score,
who's not looking to be richer, or afraid of losing,
who has not the slightest interest even
in his own personality: He's free.

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

happy is the one
who doesn't need to try
getting wealthy
or remaining poor
free from people
and worldly worries
a stranger to himself
free in every way

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

is the one
who's not concerned
with having more or less.
Unbound by name and fame
he is free from sorrow
from the world and
mostly from

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

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At Saturday, 06 November, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, thanks for your posts, I really enjoy Rumi's poetry.


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