Monday, April 04, 2011

[Sunlight] Drowned in roses from the beloved -- Ghazal 1051


Here, Sunlight offers a version of Ghazal 1051, developed by
Professor Barks, from a translation by John Moyne, accompanied by a
literal translation by Dr. Ibrahim Gamard:


The Tent

Outside, the freezing desert night.
This other night inside grows warm, kindling.
Let the landscape be covered with a thorny crust.
We have a soft garden in here.
The continents blasted,
cities and little towns, everything
become a scorched, blackened ball.

The news we hear is full of grief for that future,
but the real news inside here
is that there's no news at all.

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


It was night, but (only) to strangers;
my night is (kept) day from the face of the beloved.

Even if the world is completely filled with thorns,
we are (kept) drowned in roses from the beloved.

Even if the world becomes ruined and (then) built up,
the (mystic's) heart is (kept) "drunk" and the ruin* of the

Since the news is all sadness and weariness,
the absence of news (is) the source of (real) news!

-- Translation (c)Ibrahim Gamard, 1998

*drunkards went to ruins to get "ruined."






Spare no effort


The worm is in the root of the body's tree;
it must be dug out and burned.
Travelers, it is late.
Life's sun is going to set.
During these brief days that you have strength,
be quick and spare no effort of your wings.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Kerm dar bikh-e derakht-e tan fotâd
bâyadesh bar konad va dar âtesh nehâd
Hin o hin ay râh-raw bigâh shod
âftâb-e `omr su-ye châh shod
in do ruzak-râ keh zuret hast zud
par afshâni be-kon az râh-e jud

-- Mathnawi II: 1264-1266
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Daylight"
Threshold Books, 1994
Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra




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