All its life heart galloped after passion
Until softly it came into soul's inner court.
In the end it left, its life burnt clean away.
Be fair, though: heart came prepared to give it all away.
#1101, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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