Happy Monday & Khayyam’s Day!

Khayyam’s lesson of today is again simple but often overlooked:

Don’t trade cash for credit…

Rubaiyat (Quatrain Poem) in Farsi (in my handwriting), followed by Fitzgerald’s rendering and a literal translation. The illustration is by Hossein Behzad.



Fitzgerald’s Rendering:

“How sweet is mortal Sovranty!”–think some:
Others–“How blest the Paradise to come!”
Ah, take the Cash in hand and waive the Rest;
Oh, the brave Music of a distant Drum!


Literal Translation:

Heaven is incomplete without a heavenly romance
Let a glass of wine be my present circumstance
Take what is here now, let go of a promised chance
A drumbeat is best heard from a distance.


Read Slowly, Reflect Deeply, Enjoy Immensely

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