I said I would take my heart back from you,
but I can't,
Or that I would live on without this pain,
but I can't.
I said I would banish desire for you, but
I swear to you, as I am a man, I can't.
#1296: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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