Excuse me if my cries fill the sky.
Excuse me if I flood the plains with tears.
You're my life, and I'm running for my life.
Excuse me if my life drags in the rear
#1276, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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