I'm so close to you that I'm far apart,
So completely merged that I'm separate,
So vastly exposed that I'm concealed,
So whole and sound that I'll never be healed.
#1121, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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By Coleman Barks (Translator)