A few flies are brawling over sugar
Like it's treasure. Why should the sugar care?
A bird lands on the mountain, flies again.
Is the mountain bigger or smaller then?
#243: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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