The heart in me lives for the pain you cause.
The world is foreign, only pain's a friend,
Who does this heart a favor just to come
Into a heart too wrung to offer room.
#327, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
Zara Houshmand's features
The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)