Wednesday, November 21, 2012

When That Happens....

Out in Empty Sky

If you catch a fragrance of the unseen,

like that, you won't be able to be

contained. You'll be out in empty sky.

Any beauty the world has, any desire,

will easily be yours. As you live

deeper in the heart, the mirror gets
clearer and cleaner. Shams of Tabriz
realized God in himself. When that

happens, you have no anxieties about

losing anyone or anything. You break

the spells that human difficulties cause.

Interpretations come, hundreds, from

all the religious symbols and parables

and prayers. You know what they mean,

when God lives through you like Shams.

  Ghazal (Ode) 2931

Version by Coleman Barks, with Nevit Ergin
"The Glance"
Viking-Penguin, 1999

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Each Sleepless Night


I cannot sleep in your presence.

In your absence, tears prevent me.

You watch me My Beloved

on each sleepless night and

only You can see the difference.

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


When I am with you, we stay up all night.

When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.

Praise God for these two insomnias!

And the difference between them.

  Version by Coleman Barks
Open Secret
Threshold Books, 1984

as long as I'm with you

I can't sleep

having you

as long as you are away

I can't sleep

crying for you

dear God

I'm sleepless

both nights

but look at the

difference in the

two insomnias

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

Thursday, November 01, 2012

To put my finger on it, I cannot....

Kiss me on the lips..

Secrets bursting inside me

I can't let you know
all the secrets
I can't open to you
all the doors
there is something inside
that makes me happy
but I can't put my finger
on its source

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

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The secrets are bursting inside me
but to give them away and
expose them to mockery, I cannot.
Something inside me is bursting with joy
but to put my finger on it, I cannot.

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


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