Heart, if you sit amongst thorns and don't choose
To pick flowers all day from the garden,
What can I do? His face lights the whole world,
But if you can,t see it, what can I do?
# 1161, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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