I set my heart on the path of calamity,
Where you walk, I opened my heart wide.
Today the wind carried your scent to me;
So, to the wind, I gave my heart gratefully.
#82, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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