When I grasp hold of your hair, I'm in hell,
And those who dwell in heaven I despise,
As if my heart were brought to heavenĒs meadow
But found that field too tight for it, too narrow.
#664, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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