You can't get drunk on the wine of her eyes,
You can't bury your hands in her hair.
Your enemies taunt you, night and day:
'You waste away, and still she doesn't care.'
#300, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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