Wednesday, October 14, 2009

[Sunlight] "How long will you hide your beautiful smile?" -- Ghazal 253



how long will you hide
your beautiful
festive smile

teach your laughter
to a flower
manifest an eternity

why do you think
the door to the sky
is closed on your face

it allures and invites
your magical touch
to open and arrive

an entire caravan
is waiting in ecstasy
for your coming and leading

come on my friend
use your talisman and
harness all their souls

today is the day to unite
with your longing beloved
wait no more
for an unknown tomorrow

a tambourine is in a corner
begging your playing hands
a flute is sitting dormant
begging your happy lips

-- Ode (Ghazal) 253
Translation by Nader Khalili
"Rumi, Fountain of Fire"
Burning Gate Press
Los Angeles, 1994




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