If I wait, pain will come from missing you.
If I declare my love, then jealousy arrives.
So I abstain, keep stone away from glass:
Loving you makes trouble come to pass.
#786: From Rumi's
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)