All our lives we'd seen each other's face, but
Today we looked into each other's eyes
To find we feared to lose this to another:
We spoke with eyebrows, listened with our eyes.
#1267, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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