Beside your love, your soul's jewel, find your seat.
Seek him who's yours, forever and complete.
Call him not dear, who's sorrow to your soul.
The bread he brings you is unfit to eat.
#234, 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)