I am hungry, I am sated with joy.
I'm a fox with a lion's great, dark fame.
The merest phantom takes my breath away,
But don't be fooled by that: my soul is brave.
#1350: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
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