I'm not a bee, that flies away from smoke,
Nor a ghost that fades at burning aloes,
Nor a broken bridge, washed off by the flood,
Nor so needy that I balk when beauty sulks.
#1248: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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