I said to myself, "I'll go away for a while;
My love might then have reason to be sorry."
She had endless patience; I canĒt hide:
It didn't work, no matter how I tried.
#1292, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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