He came to me all angry, as if to say "Enough!"
As if I feared the wrath of those in charge.
The heart of a bird that knows no cage
Is not afraid of anyone, so don't show me your rage.
#975, 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
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)