I asked you for one kiss, you gave me six.
What teacher taught you, that you're such an expert?
You're so deep a source of goodness, so kind
That you've set the world free a thousand times.
#1993, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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By Coleman Barks (Translator)