Wednesday, September 26, 2012

[Sunlight] A figment of my imagination -- Quatrain 67


Today, Sunlight offers three interpretations of Quatrain 67:


Sometimes I feel like a king,
sometimes I moan in my own prison.
Swaying between these states
I can't be proud of myself.
This "I" is a figment of my imagination.

-- Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999


I thought I had self-control,
so I regretted times I didn't.

With that considering over, the one thing I know
is I don't know who I am.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
"Unseen Rain"
Threshold Books, 1986


there was a time
when my thought
soared as a king
or a time when I mourned
like a prisoner
those days are gone
and I have promised
not to take myself
seriously again

--Translation by Nader Khalili
Rumi, Dancing the Flame
Cal-Earth Press, 2001




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