To be tangled, oh so briefly, in your love
Is to know disaster, close at hand and real.
Honest Mansour spoke true, as love must do,
And he was hung by the rope of his zeal.
#576, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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