If I say that the skies have opened

by Seyh Galib

English version by Bernard Lewis
Original Language Turkish

If I say that the skies have opened, the spring has come,
I mean that my beloved has shown me some affection.

If I say that the meadow is adorned with blossoms,
it conveys that my sweetheart spoke to me with a smile.

-- from Music of a Distant Drum: Classical Arabic, Persian, Turkish & Hebrew Poems, Translated by Bernard Lewis

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