|Over the years that soft moonlike face |
becomes like the back of a Libyan lizard,
and that head crowned with fair hair
grows ugly and bald.
Truly these are signs of pain and decay,
each a messenger of death.
But if your physician is the Light of God,
no loss or crushing blow is suffered
from fever or old age.
The one without Light is an orchard without fruit,
which the autumn will bring to ruin.
Mathnawi V: 968-969; 973; 977
Version by Camille and Kabir Helminski
"Rumi: Jewels of Remembrance"
Threshold Books, 1996