Thursday, June 09, 2011

[Sunlight] I can't be without you -- Ghazal 553



I can be without anyone
but not without you.
You twist my heart, dwell in my mind
and fill my eyes, you are my joy
I can't be without you.
You are my sleep, my rest, the water I drink.
You are my clarity, my dignity, my world
I can't be without you.
Sometimes you are kind, sometimes unfaithful,
you break my heart but
my love, my essence, do not go away
I can't be without you.
You are the head I am the feet
you are the hand, I am your banner
if you leave, I will perish
I can't be without you.
You have erased my image, taken my sleep
you've torn me away from everybody but
I can't be without you.
I find no joy in life or relief in death.
Why don't you say it too
I can't be without you.

-- Ghazal (Ode) 553
Translated by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Hidden Music
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001




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