I'm tangled, like the curls of my love's hair;
Like a snake encharmed, I turn and twist.
What is this knot, this dizzy maze, this snare?
All I know: if I'm not tangled here, I don't exist.
#1210, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
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)