|I was seeking knowledge|
when that beautiful one appeared.
I tried to charm him and asked
Would you kindly interpret the dream
I had last night, you are my only confidant.
He shook his head and smiled
as if he could see through me and said:
`Don't try to charm me,
I see every nuance, every color and scent.
I am your mirror.'
In his hands I become the design he weaves
with golden thread,
I become his living masterpiece.
Ghazal (Ode) 1538
Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Hidden Music
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2001
Art by Shiloh Sophia McCloud