Not just her laugh and her face are lovely;
Her anger, her moods, her harsh words are
Like it or not, she demands my life.
Who cares for life? Her demand's lovely too.
#269: 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)