Thursday, November 10, 2011

quatrain 337

From sunlight, two versions of quatrain #337:

There is a channel between voice and presence,
a way where information flows.

In disciplined silence the channel opens.
With wandering talk, it closes.

Version by Coleman Barks
Unseen Rain, Threshold Books, 1986

There is a thread from the heart to the lips
where the secret of life is woven.
Words tear the thread
but in silence
the secrets

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

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