Magazine article World Literature Today

Two Ghazals

Magazine article World Literature Today

Two Ghazals

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by Rumi

"The sky has never seen such a moon"

The sky has never seen such a moon, not even in its dreams,

No water could ever extinguish the fire of its light,

Look at my body, and look at my soul

From his cup of love, my soul is drunk, my body ruined

The tavern keeper became my heart's companion

Love turned my blood into wine, and burned my heart

As my eyes fill with the image of his face, a voice resounds,

"Well done, cup. Excellent, wine."

Looking into the ocean of love

My heart suddenly dove in, calling, "Find me!"

The face of the sun is Shams, the glory of Tabriz,

Our hearts, like clouds, trail after him.

"If there's no trace of love"

If there's no trace of love in his heart

Cover him like an angry cloud over the moon

Dry tree, don't grow in that garden,

Poor thing, left without the shade of a tree

Even if you're a pearl, don't separate from this love,

Love is your father and your family

In the world of lovers, a deadly sickness strikes

Each day more painful than the last

If you see the blush of love in someone's face

Know that he is no longer merely mortal

If you see a reed-flute, bent by love, grab it

Squeeze the reed until you taste the sweetest sugar

Shams of Tabriz lures you into his trap

Don't look left or right, you can't resist. …

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