Happy Monday Everyone!
“This is the beginning of a beautiful Summer.”

I am kicking off the “Mondays with Khayyam” Summer-long posts.
Today we take our first journey together to the great Persian philosopher, astronomer, physician, mathematician and poet, Hakim Omar Khayyam’s world . Perhaps, by the end of our readings; we would learn to let go of the unimportant, forsake our fears of the unknown, live in the moment and enjoy the present and love…love what we have right now.
Below are the original Rubaiyat (Quatrain Poem) in Farsi (in my handwriting), followed by Fitzgerald’s translation as well as a literal translation. The illustration is by Hossein Behzad.
So, here we start- Omar Khayyam writes on the Creation:

Fitzgerald’s rendering:

And that inverted Bowl we call The Sky,
Whereunder crawling coop’t we live and die,
Lift not thy hands to IT for help–for It
Rolls impotently on as Thou or I.

Literal Translation:
Good and evil, our moral prison,
Joy and sorrow passing like season,
Fate in the way of logic and reason
Is the victim of far worse treason.

Read Slowly, Reflect Deeply, Enjoy Immensely…

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