When this beauty smiles, your hands start to clap.
Whe she offers the cup, your toes start to tap.
And when, from behind her veil, an eyebrow peaks out,
Angels play that rainbow and your fingers snap.
# 1075, 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)