Each part of me displays my love for her;
Each scrap of me, a tongue that speaks her name.
I'm the lute in her arms, the flute at her lips,
And these my cries rise from her fingertips.
#248, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)