Love's intoxication, my disintegration:
My heart's beyond the need for food or sleep.
My body floats at sea; my feet and head
Are nowhere to be found; my soul has fled.
#1645, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
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
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