However long your patience, I will shred it.
If you sleep, I'll steal the dreams from your eyes.
Stand like a mountain, I'll melt you in fire;
Be the sea, and I'll drink your water dry.
#1287, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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