The universe

by Sarmad

English version by Peter Lamborn Wilson and Nasrollah Pourjavady
Original Language Persian/Farsi

The universe
     is a kaleidoscope:
now hopelessness, now hope
     now spring, now fall.
Forget its ups and downs:
     do not vex yourself:
The remedy for pain
     is the pain.

-- from The Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry, Translated by Peter Lamborn Wilson / Translated by Nasrollah Pourjavady

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