Everyone has someone, a friend to love,
And work, and skill to do it. All I have
Is a fantasy lover who hides
For safety in the dark of my heart's cave.
#1987, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)