I'm not a poet. I don't earn my bread
That way, or flaunt my skill, or even think
My art, my talent, more than just a cup.
Unless my love hands it to me I won't drink.
#1256: From Rumi's
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)