I said: 'You are the wine, and I the cup.
I'm lifeless; you are lovely, loyal, sweet --
Now open up.' But she shut the door:
'Let a madman loose inside the house? What for?'
#1638, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)