Don't shut my ears to the secret of life.
Don't turn my eyes from my beloved's face.
Don't bar the flute and the wine from my feast.
Don't let me draw one breath without you, friend.
#915: From Rumi's
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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