Performed by Jennifer Panara and Kevin Korth at "An Evening of Sahba Aminikia's Music"
April 24th, 2011
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Concert Hall
Based on the poetry by: Omar Khayyam
I must abjure the Balm of Life, I must,
Scared by some After-reckoning ta'en on trust,
Or lured with Hope of some Diviner Drink,
When the frail Cup is crumbled into Dust!
If but the Vine and Love-abjuring Band
Are in the Prophet's Paradise to stand,
Alack, I doubt the Prophet's Paradise
Were empty as the hollow of one's Hand.
Oh, threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise!
One thing at least is certain-This Life flies;
One thing is certain and the rest is Lies;
The Flower that once is blown for ever dies.