Sunday, 29 December 2013

Hunting the Hunter

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Khajoo-Kermani Tomb
Hunting the Hunter

Reason is a bird
            from our nest;
Galaxies are some dust
            risen from our doorstep.


The world-illuminating sun,
            the sovereign of the East,
Is an ornamental image
            on the ceiling of our hall of mirrors.


The bright blood hue you see
            in the eye of the horizon at sunset
Is a reflection of the wine
            in our nocturnal flowing goblets..

What we hunt
            is no one but the hunter;
Our snare is the same
            as our bait.


Our arrow pierces
            through the armour of the firmament,
For our target is
            the heart of the universe.


No charm can lure us
            away from the path
Since the two worlds
            are full of our fascinating tale.



Though with the people of the time
            we are not happy,
Let us toast to the happiness of  those
            who live in our time.


If there exists a paradise,
            it lies in the dust of his doorstep,
Where we have
            our eternal abode.



Khajoo,
            now our songs are sung
All over the world
            with the music of our fame.



Translated by Mahmud Kianush


ḴᵛĀJU KERMĀNI

(1290-ca. 1349), Persian poet and mystic. Ḵᵛāju was undoubtedly a versatile poet of great inventiveness and originality. (more)

Kwaju Kermani ~ List of Poems

  • Divan (Persianدیوان خواجو‎) - a collection of his poems in the form of Ghazals, qasidas, strophic poems, qeṭʾas (occasional verse), and quatrains
  • Homāy o Homāyun (Persianهمای و همایون‎) The poem relates the adventures of the Persian prince Homāy, who falls in love with the Chinese princess, Homāyun.
  • Gol o Nowruz (Persianگل و نوروز‎) The poem tells another love story, this time vaguely situated in the time shortly before the advent of Islam.
  • Rowżat-al-anwār (Persianروضة الانورز‎) In twenty poetic discources, the poet deals with requirements for the mystical path and the ethics of kingship.
  • Kamāl-nām (Persianکمال نام‎)
  • Gowhar-nāma (Persianگوهرنامه‎)
  • Sām-nāma (Persianسام نامه‎) A heroic epic about the grandfather of Rustam

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