She's come! She who never left us has come!
That water never left this stream at all.
She's the pod of musk and we're its perfume.
How could the scent be separate from the pod?
#927: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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