Khayyam’s Quatrain: an Interpretation

The original:

This Universal wheel, this merry-go-round
In our imagination we have found
The sun a flame, in the Cosmic lantern bound
We are mere ghosts, revolving, the flame surround.

                  -- Omar Khayyam

An interpretation by Shahriar Shahriari:

In our imagination, the Cosmic Wheel
Will cause us pain and cause us heal
We find our source give life and steal
We are phantoms that think and feel.

                  --  Shahriar Shahriari

… both are beautiful, and inspired.

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