Wednesday, February 02, 2011

[Sunlight] Who do you think it is? -- Quatrain 216


Today, Sunlight offers two interpretations of Quatrain 216:


If this me is not I, then
who am I?
If I am not the one who speaks, then
who does?
If this me is only a robe then
who is
the one I am covering?

-- Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999


the one you know me
as me it isn't me
who do you think it is
I utter no words with my tongue
who do you think it is
I'm only a shirt
from my head to my toes
the one whose shirt is me
who do you think it is

-- Translation by Nader Khalili
"Dancing the Flame"
Cal-Earth, 2001




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