Get up! Show some respect for her good name!
Speak to your lover, let her soothe your heart.
Get out of this trap, that one's so much better.
So she throws you out the door? Climb through the roof!
#1800, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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