Sharing my secrets with you is no help at all,
But without you I don't have the gall to air my secrets
You surely are not the remedy for what ails me;
What ails poor me is a very, very long story.
#971: From Rumi's
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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