Remembering your lips, I kiss the ruby on my ring;
One I cannot reach, I kiss the one I can.
My hand can't touch your distant sky,
And so I bow full low and kiss the land.
#1181, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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