I whispered an offer softly in the ear of your playful heart.
I closed my mouth and spoke to you in a hundred silent ways.
You know what's on my mind, you've heard my thoughts,
And now, what I described to you last night, I'll do today.
#1303, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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