Thursday, May 26, 2011

[Sunlight] If there's no wall -- Quatrain 511


Today, Sunlight offers two interpretations of Quatrain 511:


The clear bead at the center changes everything.
There are no edges to my loving now.

I've heard it said there's a window that opens
from one mind to another,

but if there's no wall, there's no need
for fitting the window, or the latch.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
Open Secret
Threshold Books, 1984

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His sweet water cleansed my soul
and removed its every sorrow.
Now we are joined in perfect union.

They say love opens a door
from one heart to another;
But if there is no wall
how can there be a door?

-- Version by Jonathan Star
"A Garden Beyond Paradise: The Mystical Poetry of Rumi"
Bantam Books, 1992




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