Thursday, February 03, 2011

quatrain 216

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #216:
If this me is not I, then
who am I?
If I am not the one who speaks, then
who does?
If this me is only a robe then
who is
the one I am covering?

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

the one you know me
as me it isn't me
who do you think it is
I utter no words with my tongue
who do you think it is
I'm only a shirt
from my head to my toes
the one whose shirt is me
who do you think it is

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

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