You think that I am at my own command?
Or that I breathe one breath, one half a breath, at will?
I'm merely a pen in my writer,s hand,
A ball at the mercy of my player's skill.
#1359: From Rumi's
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
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)