The eye that even glances at that flower
Will fill the heavens with its groaning roar.
Thousand-year-old wine won't send you insane
As much as love that's spent a year in vain.
#633, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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