Love for you came to my heart, and left again, happy.
Once more it came, unpacked, and left again.
Politely I invited, "Stay for two, three days."
It stayed and now the thought of leaving's gone away.
#362, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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