You fall in love, my heart, and then you fret
about your health?
You steal and then you think of the police?
You claim to love, but it's nonsense, mere
If you worry what people will say.
#1902: 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)