Tuesday, 7 June 2011

"Both Worlds"...by Rumi

There is God's wine,
and this other.
Don't mix them.

There are naked pilgrims
who wear only sunlight.
Don't give them clothes!

There are lovers
content with hoping.
I'm not one of them.

Give a cup of pure fire
to your closest friend,
healing salve
to the wounded.

To Beloved ,
offer up both worlds.

~ Rumi
- Ghazal (Ode) 917("Both Worlds")
Version by Coleman Barks, with Nevit Ergin
"The Glance"
Viking-Penguin, 1999

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