I know, when my heart steps up to speak,
It soon will be openly disgraced.
Obsessed with the memory of your beauty,
Your face appears with every breath it takes.
#465, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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