She clapped her hands when she saw my state:
"Drunk again, and all repentance broken!"
Repentance, like glass, is so hard to make
But once made, so easy to break.
#289: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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