Monday, October 26, 2009

[Sunlight] Leave this theme of separation -- Ghazal 2357


Sunlight offers Ghazal (Ode) 2357, from Molana's
"Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi"*, in a version by Coleman Barks,
and in a translation by A.J. Arberry:


You are granite.
I am an empty wine glass.

You know what happens when we touch!
You laugh like the sun coming up laughs
at a star that disappears into it.

Love opens my chest, and thought
returns to its confines.

Patience and rational considerations leave.
Only passion stays, whimpering and feverish.

Some men fall down in the road like dregs thrown out.
Then, totally reckless, the next morning,
they gallop out with new purposes.

Love is the Reality, and poetry is the drum
that calls us to that.

Don't keep complaining about loneliness!
Let the fear-language of that theme crack open
and float away.

Let the priest come down from his tower,
and not go back up!

-- Version by Coleman Barks
"The Essential Rumi"
HarperSanFrancisco, 1995


Your heart has become like granite rock, and what can be
done with granite rock?
What can glass do with granite rock, except become shattered
to pieces.
You laugh like the true dawn that the star may yield its life
before you.
Since love opened its bosom, thought has fled into boundary;
When patience perceived that flight, it too escaped on horse.
Patience and reason are gone; passion remained, weeping and
in a fever.
Some men, being separated from your wine, are fallen on the
road like dregs;
Though their livers have turned to blood, yet they are nimble
and reckless on this path.
Because of this business we have become strangers to reason
and to the busybody heart.
Love is the reality of command; poetry is the drum of
Beware, for our prince is galloping, every morning he is on a raid.
Leave this theme of loneliness and separation, out of terror
of which descriptive language breaks.
The iman has fled; mo'azzen, be silent, descend from the minaret.

-- Translation by A.J. Arberry
"Mystical Poems of Rumi 2"
The University of Chicago Press, 1991


*The "Diwan" (alternately spelled "Divan") is one of Molana
Jalaluddin Rumi's three major works. "Shams-e Tabrizi" refers
to Shams of Tabriz, Rumi's teacher, inspiration, and friend.
-- Sunlight Ed.



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