When I tug at your coat, it's not to fight.
When you mock my love, I feel no shame.
I live and cry for the sweet bond between
That bond where distance has no substance.
#375: 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
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