Friday, September 20, 2013

[Sunlight] Thorns and roses



Either take up your axe and strike
like Ali at the gates of Khaybar,
or join these thorns with a rose:
bring your fire to God's light in order that
your fire will disappear in His light,
and all your thorns become roses.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Yâ tabar bar gir va mardâneh be-zan
to `Ali-vâr in dar Khaybar be-kon
Yâ be-golbon vasl kon in khâr-râ
vasl kon bâ nâr-e nur-e Yâr-râ
Tâ keh nur-e U kashad nâr-e terâ
vasl-e U golshan konad khâr-e terâ

-- Mathnawi II:1244-1246
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996
(Persian transliteration courtesy of Yahyá Monastra)




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