Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Nasreddin, Love the Trees

13th c. AD Persia
Trans RMBullard
Persian/Farsi (Middle Ages)

ملا در خانه خود ختی کاشت
 mulla dar khaaneye khod khati kaahsht
[A wise man set up a plant in his house,]

و به ریشه آن شاشید
va be risheye aan shaashid
[And he then proceeded to pee on its roots,]

و گفت آن اول و آخر همین است که میبینی. 
va goft "aan aval va aakher hamin ast ke mibini"
[and he said "That's the first and last thing you'll ever see."]