The day my soul sets out on heaven's path,
My body's stuff will scatter in the dust.
Let your hand write 'Rise!' upon that earth,
I'll rise, and life to body yet again entrust.
#479, 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
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)