They say love finally is its own relief,
First bitter and spicy but finally sweet.
Though the earth turns like a stone in a mill,
This never-resting face looks skyward still.
#400: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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