We fight with day for passing quick as day,
A flood through the ravine, wind through valley.
At night, we sit under the shadowed moon,
And bang the drum until the dawn of day.
#228: From Rumi's
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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