A rare catch has come my way, what am I to do?
She's put my head in such a daze, what am I to do?
I'm a hypocrite, a phony... When a beauty
Gives a kiss like this, what's a holy man to do?
#1142, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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