Perfection of my companion…

Read Ammar Qureshi’s improvised translation of Sa’adi.

Profound and delicate!

A sweet-smelling piece of clay, one day in the bath,
Came from the hand of a beloved one to my hand
I asked: ‘Art thou musk or ambergris?
Because thy aromatic odour intoxicates me.’
It replied: ‘I was a despicable lump of clay;
But for a while was in the company of […]