If love makes you thirst, never fear: you have wine.
If your body's a ruin, don't worry: there's treasure inside.
You've run out of water? No, your water is near.
Wake up: this world that you dream holds nothing to fear.
#989, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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