If you have the strength, don't wear the cloth of love,
Or if you do, don't moan about disaster.
The cloth will burn, but bear the pain in silence.
What's venom now is the juice of life hereafter.
#1029, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
Zara Houshmand's features index
The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)