She made my night more splendid than the day,
Made body into spirit melt away.
My lips sought hers, but found their honey's
Was far too sweet to make room for my kiss.
#1390: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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