Friday, March 19, 2010

[Sunlight] "Sit down, and weep for yourself"



Opinions are sometimes wrong,
but what kind of opinion is this
that's blind to the right road?
O eye, you cry for others:
sit down awhile and weep for yourself!
The bough is made green and fresh
by the weeping cloud for the same reason
that the candle is made brighter
by its weeping.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Sahv bâshad zann-hâ-râ gâh gâh
in cheh zannast in keh kur âmad ze râh
Dideh â bar digarân nawheh geri
moddati be-neshin va bar khvod mi geri
Ze abr-e geryân shâkh sabz o tar shavad
zânke shama` az geryeh rawshan-tar shavad

-- Mathnawi II: 478-480
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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