January 24th, 2010

Arms

Rahil's Calon Lily Scroll


Behold the beauty of desert’s sweetest bloom.

She weaves rich patterns disdaining use of loom.

By practiced art she plies her chosen craft,

And gathers every eye within the room

 

We praise her grace, the passion of her heart

And willingness all secrets to impart

At Rahil’s deeds is Falcon’s Realm in awe

She proved the Persian dance most noble art.

 

She by careful skill all viewers doth entrance

Through thoughtful plan no step is left to chance

That others might tread path lit by her torch

With open hand she shares the lore of dance.

 

For she would each new student ably train

In burning sun or Lilies’ driving rain

Building up the riches of her craft

Scanting her own purse by lack of gain.

 

Rahil al-Sirhaan by Shah is summoned now

Before the Calon Crown must dancer bow

And then arise, more lofty state to claim

All granted rights she bears, Our Royal Vow.

 

So Hirsch the Calon Shah does at this very hour

With Magdalena, Khanumshah, use Royal Power

To praise the deeds of Rahil al-Sirhaan

And mark her work with Calon Lily flower.

 

May she who’s marked by wolf be praiséd high

And with Our Royal Will henceforth comply

Since wolf’s howl only sounds when she’s at dance,

May Our valleys often echo with its cry.

 

Let he who gainsays this face Judgment dire:

His lying tongue be burned in endless fire

We do this on third and twenty day of Dej,

Year two score and four in Tall Stones’ Shire.

 

 

This is based on the Fitzgerald translation of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.

The poetic form probably bears more connection to 19th century Britain, than the 12th century Persian in which it was written. 

 

The next to last quatrain refers to the ulualtion, which according to my source, Rahil properly uses only while dancing.  Hence we ask her to dance often.

 

In the Persian calendar, the month of Dej corresponds with January.