Thursday, October 11, 2012

[Sunlight] Each sleepless night -- Quatrain 36


Today, Sunlight offers three presentations of Quatrain 36:


I cannot sleep in your presence.
In your absence, tears prevent me.
You watch me My Beloved
on each sleepless night and
only You can see the difference.

-- Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Hidden Music
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001


When I am with you, we stay up all night.
When you're not here, I can't go to sleep.

Praise God for these two insomnias!
And the difference between them.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
Open Secret
Threshold Books, 1984


as long as I'm with you
I can't sleep
having you
as long as you are away
I can't sleep
crying for you
dear God
I'm sleepless
both nights
but look at the
difference in the
two insomnias

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




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