That beauty who gladdens my heart with her laugh,
Drives me to anguish with her flying hair.
She made me write the words that set her free,
And wrote those words herself that enslaved me.
#1562, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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