Monday, October 10, 2011

[Sunlight] The Day's Great Wooden Bowl -- Ghazal 2952



The Day's Great Wooden Bowl

Still dizzy from last night's
wine? Wait a while. Don't reach

yet for this we serve. You can't
really be on the ocean with scenes

of familiar creeks and your loved
home-river in your eyes. Wait,

if you're caught in memory. As
those with business ideas were

driven from the temple courtyard,
so bitter, self-important people

need to be excluded from the mix
being stirred in this day's great

wooden bowl. In the room with
the Chinese princess, popular

songs fade. Don't boil the hard
unripened grapes, and don't sell

vinegar! This moment is the perfect
grape you crush to make your life-

wine interesting. You might, in
such a moment, meet someone as

I met Shams. God knows what
orchard you'll be walking then!

-- Ghazal (Ode) 2952
Version by Coleman Barks, with Nevit Ergin
"The Glance"
Viking-Penguin, 1999




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