Today I'm going for a drunken stroll.
I'll search the town for a rational man,
Pour him a drink from the bowl of my skull,
And turn him into a crazy fool.
#1146, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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