Friday, February 21, 2014

Seek delicious and sweet company

Don’t sit with a sad person,
Only sit with those who are sweet and kind-hearted.
When you’ve entered a beautiful garden
Why spend your time with the weeds?
Stay with the jasmine and the jonquil.

  Version by Jonathan Star and Shahram Shiva
A Garden Beyond Paradise
Bantam Books, 1992

i told you don’t sit around
with unhappy folks
don’t seek the company of any
but those delicious and sweet
when you’re in a garden
make your way
around the thorns
seek the company
of narcissus and jasmine
every flower and more

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