By nature hard as stone, with a heart of steel,
Your stone and steel throw fiery sparks at me.
Moon of Khotan, flaming stone, I'd be an ass
To lay my heart down now in this dry grass.
#1493, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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