Though distance has broken hope's own back,
Though cruelty has tied desire's hands,
The drunken lover's heart will not give up.
The goal's in reach if you try hard enough.
#438: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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