You're so coupled to life, which lasts but a day,
That you can't even hear talk of death.
Life looks for a home and that home is death,
But your donkey fell asleep on the way.
#223, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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