Wednesday, June 21, 2006

"Come into my house"

come down my love
abandon your adventurous flight
it's high time for a happy life

come into my house
throw out my old belongings
burn me again with your love

i know for sure
even if you burn the entire house
your love will build me a new paradise

you empowered the drops of water
to shine like diamonds
you blew life into a piece of clay

you gave a lowly fly
the same wings as an eagle
the aspiration of the sky

there was a blind sage in our town
a healer took mercy on him with medicine
to set his eyes open to the light

the sage refused and replied
if you could only see the light i see
you'd pluck out both of your eyes

-- Ode (Ghazal) 2512
Translated by Nader Khalili
"Rumi, Fountain of Fire"
Burning Gate Press, Los Angeles, 1994

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