If I sigh, that won't make her happy.
If I grovel, the king won't be content.
If I adore the moon, her shadow, loyal,
Why hide the truth? the moon's not satisfied.
#371, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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