I went to my doctor, said, "Hey, Zein al-Din,
Please measure my pulse and check my urine."
"It's bad,Ç he said, "Your bile is mixed with insanity."
"That's fine," I said, "That's fine, so let it be."
#1479, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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