Like friends united, it's a season blessed:
Heart's light is sparked to life by body's death.
At the sound of lightning laughing, clouds cry,
And the garden laughs as tears fall from the sky.
#1636, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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