Wednesday, November 15, 2006
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
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
Posted by Panevis at 9:29 AM