I've trod in your path until I'm downtrodden.
I'm worn out from being worn out by your love.
I can't eat all day, I can't sleep all night.
Your friendship's the enemy I must fight.
#1444, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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