Why so happy to laugh with your mouth shut?
You should laugh like a flower, without a
Love that leaps from the soul is not the same
As love you hang round your neck by a string.
#1781: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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