What riot flares in my constricted heart?
Love has shrunk me, like a small, hollow lute.
What is this--this heart within my body,
Making war on me for her, night and day?
#212: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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