The heart says, "Savor the garden's delight;
Taste the fruits of morning, and more tonight."
But mind bites its lip and says, "Not so fast!
The blessings are real but the trouble's not past."
#1232, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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