Author: Bänoo Zan

A Ruba’i by Rumi (Translation)

Translated by Bänoo Zan Your love entered my heart and happily left Came back, put its burden down and left I said, “Do me a favour! Stay for a couple of days” It sat down and now has forgotten to...

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Don’t worship another— I am nightmare enough— the distance between desire and dream in a country called prophecy word enough in thunder— the mystic metaphor of prayer Don’t whisper me— I am wind enough— chaos and spring Don’t charm my name— I am glass— the future fragile to the hard point of waves Don’t awaken me— I am desert enough dancing with dunes in worship to apostasy Don’t convert me— I am god enough— bleeding breath of generations  ...

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Hafez Hafez was a 14th-Century Iranian poet By Bänoo Zan I stood at the gates— The Roknabad Stream murmured through Mosalla Gardens[1] Roses scattered the morning breeze The sea kissed the boat and waved at the palace The king smiled at sycophant ghazals[2] I was the bard— the blood of the city— the breath of God— Centuries later they would say that I loved Shiraz[3] But I feared tempests and remained true to the past Open my book and read your future   [1] The Roknabad Stream and Mosalla Gardens were popular outings during Hafez’ times [2] An Arabic/Persian poetic...

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