My love is beautiful -- one of her faults.
Delicate... soft... that's two and three.
But what's the reason people really shun her?
She's perfect, faultless, that's the sin they flee.
#325, 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)