Friday, October 01, 2010

For Every Single Breath Taken...

Quatrain 1359

Do you think I am in control here?
That for a moment, or even half a moment,
I can tell you what's going on?

I am no more than a pen in a writer's hand.
A ball smacked around by a polo stick.

  Version by Jonathan Star
"Rumi - In the Arms of the Beloved"
Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, New York 1997


Another version of Quatrain 1359.....

Do you think I know what I'm doing?
That for one breath or half-breath
I belong to myself?
As much as a pen knows what it's writing
or the ball can guess where it's going next.

Version by Coleman Barks
"The Essential Rumi", Castle Books, 1997
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