Thursday, June 14, 2012

[Sunlight] Now I will plant my banner in the open plain



I am rushing headlong: hey, let go of my feet!
Where in all my limbs is any understanding?
I am like a camel: I carry my load as long as I can,
but when I fall down exhausted, I'm glad to be killed.
If there are a hundred moats full of severed heads,
it's an absolute pleasantry in comparison with my anguish.
Nevermore in fear and dread
will I beat the drum of passion under such a blanket.
Now I will plant my banner in the open plain:
let my fate be either to lose my head
or behold the face of my Beloved!

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Sar-negunam hay rahâ kon pâ-ye man
fahm ku dar jomleh-ye ajzâ-ye man
Oshtoram man tâ tavânam mi kesham
chon fotâdam zâr bâ koshtan khvosham
Por sar-e maqtu` agar sad khandaqast
pish-e dard-e man mezâh-e motlaqast
Man na-khvâham zad degar az khawf o bim
in chonin tabl-e havâ zir-e gelim
Man `alam aknun beh-sahrâ mi zanam
yâ sar-andâzi va yâ ru-ye Sanam

-- Mathnawi VI: 4164-4167
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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