A ghazal by Alisher Navoi

Spring is like absolute hell for me without you,
The red bloom is fire in it, the white has icy view.

It’s not strange – without you – spring is inferno,
Since paradise will – sans his face – turn to hades too.

As soon as his dream fantasies come into my sight,
Tears on my face line wrinkles with affliction, rue.

Delicious fruits are unsavory for a sick person,
It’s unsurprising if your sweet lip will – vile curses – boo.

Soul in nonentity is longing for hand-holding,
Cause it feels this body for it is boorish, askew.

Do not say Navoi is ungarmented, he wears
A robe of nonexistence, a misfortune-sewn tissue.

Having turned a ten-day moon into a smaller arrow
The sky became a herald in front of the king’s horse-blue.