I'm the source of such rot, such stupidity,
That noone, because of me, lives happily.
I shout at everyone, and they shout at me;
I demand justice, but who gets it from me?
#1388, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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