Last night my beloved looked kindly at me.
"How," she asked, "will you
live without me?"
Me: "God knows, like a fish without water."
"It's your fault," she said, and
she wept for me.
#334: From Rumi's
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)