Seeking love, I see it winding in your curls.
Seeking life, I see it walking down your street.
Driven by deep thirst, I drink, only to see
A dream upon the water: you face to face with me.
#1283, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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