All day, Saghi, I was drunk on you.
God knows, all day I waited for you.
Give me the wine, let the world keep its traps.
I stalked you all day, tonight I will too.
#1251, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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