So badly have you battered my mind that
Men point at me and mock me to my face.
If you're human, then make peace with the rest of us.
If you ‚re
an angel, then go: the sky's your place.
#586, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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