Saturday, February 03, 2007

"O, how the Beloved fits inside my heart"


Today, Sunlight offers two interpretations of Quatrain 569:

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This moment this love comes to rest in me,
many being in one being.
In one wheat-grain a thousand sheaf stacks.
Inside the needle's eye, a turning night of stars.

- Version by Coleman Barks,
from a translation by John Moyne
"Unseen Rain"
Quatrains of Rumi
Threshold Books, 1986

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O how the Beloved fits inside my heart;
Like a thousand souls in one body,
A thousand harvests in one sheaf of wheat,
A thousand whirling heavens
in the eye of a needle.

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

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