'So what?' says the charming flirt to accusing eyes.
'So what?' says the love-struck fool to his bad name.
As we become sure-footed on the rocky path of love
So what if some other donkey is feeble and lame?
# 1598, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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