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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Poem, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Siyempre pangatlong post ko na ito for today, pasensiya naman, naka hiatus ako we. Pak!
After I read A Thousand Splendid Suns, I really got curious why such is the title of the book. How can you relate two woman who suffered tremendously to a A Thousand Splendid Suns?  According to Khaled Hosseini, the title comes from a poem.
After typing the name of the poem in Google doing a lot of research , I was able to find the Poem.
A Thousand Splendid Suns
By Saib-e-Tabrizi
Kabul
Ah! How beautiful is Kabul encircled by her arid mountains
And Rose, of the trails of thorns she envies
Her gusts of powdered soil, slightly sting my eyes
But I love her, for knowing and loving are born of this same dust
My song exhalts her dazzling tulips
And at the beauty of her trees, I blush
How sparkling the water flows from Pul-I Bastaan!
May Allah protect such beauty from the evil eye of man!
Khizr chose the path to Kabul in order to reach Paradise
For her mountains brought him close to the delights of heaven
From the fort with sprawling walls, A Dragon of protection
Each stone is there more precious than the treasure of Shayagan
Every street of Kabul is enthralling to the eye
Through the bazaars, caravans of Egypt pass
One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs
And the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls
Her laughter of mornings has the gaiety of flowers
Her nights of darkness, the reflections of lustrous hair
Her melodious nightingales, with passion sing their songs
Ardent tunes, as leaves enflamed, cascading from their throats
And I, I sing in the gardens of Jahanara, of Sharbara
And even the trumpets of heaven envy their green pastures
Now I understand. In the poem, A Thousand Splendid Suns pertains to Kabul’s woman. I can now sleep and move on with my life. Haha.

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