Monday, November 19, 2012

[Sunlight] Returning to the source of the source -- Ghazal 2805


Today, Sunlight offers Ghazal (Ode) 2805, from Rumi's "Diwan-e Shams" -- "The Collection of Shams" -- in a poetic version from Coleman Barks, and a translation from A.J. Arberry.


Imagine the time the particle you are
returns where it came from!

The family darling comes home.
Wine, without being contained in cups,
is handed around.

A red glint appears in a granite outcrop,
and suddenly the whole cliff turns to ruby.

At dawn I walked along with a monk
on his way to the monastery.

"We do the same work," I told him.
"We suffer the same."

He gave me a bowl.
And I saw: the soul has this shape.

Shams, you that teach us and actual sunlight,
help me now, being in the middle of being
partly in my self, and partly outside.

-- Version by Coleman Barks
"We Are Three"
Maypop, 1987


What a joyous pleasure it will be, what a charming spectacle,
when such a part returns to the source of the source!
Wine will come from every side to its hand, without a cup,
from every side to its eye, a darling, enchanting fair –
A darling who, did the granite rock catch secret of her ruby,
the granite rock would receive life and become conscious.
The wine stole one attribute from the lips of my darling;
inevitably the soul became a wine-bibber for the love of those lips.
In dawn a monk went along with me on the way to the monastery;
I saw him a fellow-sufferer and fellow-worker with myself.
He brought to me, that auspicious companion, a bowl – from
that bowl my soul became out of itself, a drunkard.
In the middle of my unselfedness the Tabriz of Shams-al din
displayed succor for the helpless ones in unity with Him.

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




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