When your love and my joy conspire to spill my blood
My soul flies from the cage that shapes this human mud.
He's a godless infidel who has the chance to taste
The sin of your sweet lips, and lives on, chaste.
#766, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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