Your homeland was the heavens, but you thought
That you belonged here, in the world of dust.
In the dust you sketched out your own face,
But left out just one thing--that first, true
#1771: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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