Wednesday, November 15, 2006

"Lay me next to the Beloved"

Today, Sunlight offers two interpretations of Quatrain 64:

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When I die, lay out the corpse.
You may want to kiss my lips,
just beginning to decay. Don't be frightened
if I open my eyes.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
Open Secret
Threshold Books, 1984


If I die, lay me next to the Beloved.

If He looks at me, don't be surprised.
If He kisses me on the lips, don't be surprised.
If I open my eyes and smile, don't be surprised.

-- Version by Jonathan Star
"A Garden Beyond Paradise:
The Mystical Poetry of Rumi"
Bantam Books, 1992

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