When there's no sign of hope in the desert,
So much hope still lives inside despair.
Heart, don't kill that hope: Even willows bear
Sweet fruit in the garden of the soul.
#1932, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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