You opened my heart's door, sat down inside.
Who else is there but you that I should seek?
When my love cries out, they turn away.
Don't shut me out. Beyond you there's no way.
# 1726, 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)