I went to my love on a moment's thought.
She said, "Go away from my door. You are drunk."
"Open the door," I said, "I am not."
"Go away," she said, "You are what you are."
#1885, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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