I'm the wind, you're a leaf. How can you not tremble,
Or do just what I ask? I threw a stone,
And broke your pitcher: How can you not be
Worth a hundred precious stones, a hundred seas?
#1958, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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