You're sitting beside the road that you seek.
Blinded by moonlight, you search for the moon.
Why seek Joseph's beauty, that dimpled chin?
You yourself are love; Joseph, you are him.
#1714, 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)