We have no fear of arrows, or daggers,
Or shackles, or the blade against the neck.
Hotheaded, we drink the devil's drink.
Even less we fear what people think.
#1212, 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)