Monday, March 19, 2012

[Sunlight] "Weary of a secret joy" -- Ghazal 2880


Here, Sunlight offers Ghazal (Ode) 2880, in a version by Coleman Barks, and in the translation by A.J. Arberry from which Barks developed his version:


With the sacredness you give and describe,
turn us upside down that other people
may know you're here. We're tired of secret joy,
bashfulness and being ashamed.

Reasons for holding back fly off like doves.
You speak your subtle truth to this ring of blank faces,
and someone suddenly finds something in a pile of ashes.

Why am I talking? You know what's happening.
Simply say it.
Walk around to each of us and pour the wine
and spoon out that eggplant fricassee concoction!

-- Poetic rendition by Coleman Barks
"These Branching Moments"
Copper Beech Press, 1988


By the right and sanctity of that, that you are the soul of all
men, fill a cup with that whose description you know well.
Turn everything upside down, leave neither up or down, so
that men may know that today you are in this meydan.*
Strike the fire of wine in the chattel of shyness and shame; the
drunkards' hearts are weary of secret joy.
The time has come for you to bring back to us that departed
heart, that you should set our reasons aflying like your doves.
You are speaking subtleties in the ring of dissolute drunkards;
it is fine when the treasure shines out in a ruin.
Circumambulate the fermented wine among these consumed
ones; place before the raw ones that fricassee and eggplant
What has become of me? You tell me, for how should I know
what has become of me, your lips utter [those] words so easily.

-- Translation by A. J. Arberry
"Mystical Poems of Rumi 2"
The University of Chicago Press, 1991

* "meydan" is any defined space, such as the grounds of a building




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