Longing for her, at times you tell sad tales
To your sore heart, or wash your hands of life.
Why do you search the world, confused and weak,
For one who's inside you? Who do you seek?
#1912, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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