My eyes? "I'll make a river flow there." So she said.
My heart? "It will bleed till it's full of blood," she
And my body? "Just wait a few days more,
I'll show the world your shame, and throw it out the door."
#1047, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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