Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring! And Happy Nowruz!

In honor of the vernal equinox, the official beginning of spring, and the Persian New Year or Nowruz (  نوروز ) celebrated today in Iran and in Persian-speaking or Persian-influenced cultures throughout Central Asia and in the diaspora, here is a pretty spring- and garden-themed couplet by the Urdu poet Mīr Taqī Mīr (1723-1810):

چلتے ہو تو چمن کو چلیے کہتے ہیں کہ بہاراں ہے
پات ہرے ہیں پھول کھلے ہیں کم کم باد و باراں ہے

 Chalte ho to chaman ko chaliye kehte hain keh bahaaran hai
Paat hare hain phool khile hain kam kam baad  -o- baaraan hai

Come on let us go to the garden, they say it is spring
The leaves are green, the flowers abloom, there is a light drizzle and breeze.

The translation is my  own, so I apologize if it sounds a bit clunky. Clearly, it does not reproduce the melodious rhyme of the original...

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