Wednesday, November 02, 2011

[Sunlight] Before I was seduced by love -- Ghazal 1517



you ask me
who are you and
with such a shaky
existence how can you
fall in love

how do i know
who am i or where i am
how could a simple wave
locate itself
in an ocean

you ask me
what am i seeking
above and beyond
the pure light
that i once was

and why am i
imprisoned in this cage
named body and
yet i claim to be
a free bird.

how do i know
how i lost my way
i know for sure
i was all straight
before i was
seduced by love.

-- Translation by Nader Khalili
"Rumi, Fountain of Fire"
Cal-Earth Press, 1995




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