Friday, April 30, 2010

[Sunlight] Break your anger, not the arrow



Break your anger, not the arrow:
the eye of anger sees milk as blood.
Give the arrow a kiss and bring it to the King,
the arrow stained with your own blood.


Khashm-e khvod be-shekan to ma-shekan tir-râ
chashm-e khashmet khun shomârad shir-râ
Buseh deh bar tir va pish-e Shâh bar
tir-e khun âlud az khun-e to tar

-- Mathnawi II: 1307-1308
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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