When I'm with you, your love keeps me awake.
When I‚m not, I can't sleep for weeping.
Good God... I‚m up all night both nights, awake,
But what a difference just your presence makes.
#36, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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