My heart is your student; it studies love,
And, like the night, waits at the gates of dawn.
Where I go, I follow where love's face leads
Because oil flows to the flame that it feeds.
#353, 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)