My beloved could tear my skin away --
I won't cry out or say she's caused this pain.
I've enemies aplenty, only her for friend.
To foe concerning friend I won't complain.
#323, 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)