Tuesday, July 15, 2008

[Sunlight] Tempted by the bait



The bird tempted by the bait may still be on the roof,
but with wings outspread, it is already imprisoned in the trap.
If with all its soul it has given its heart to the bait,
consider it caught, even though it may still appear to be free.
Consider the looks it gives to the bait to be
the knots it is tying on its own legs.
The bait says, "You may be stealing looks away from me,
but know that I am stealing patience and constancy away from you."

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Morgh-e fetneh-ye dâneh bar bâmast u
par-e goshâdeh basteh-ye dâmast u
Chon be-dâneh dâd u del-râ be-jân
nâ-gerefteh mar varâ be-gerefteh dân
n nazar-hâ be-dâneh mi konad
ân gereh dân ku beh pâ bar mi zanad
Dâneh guyad "Gar to mi dozdi nazar
man hami dozdam ze to sabr o maqarr"

-- Mathnawi IV:620-623
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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