I've told you a hundred times: don't run away just
If run you must, then run to me right here.
If ever the fear of the wolf enters into your mind,
Don't run off to the wild, my love, run to your own kind.
#958, 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
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