Since the day I may join my beloved is nowhere in sight,
Slowly, slowly I turn away from this love.
'Impossible!' my heart cries out, 'impossible!'
It shakes its head and smirks at my sad plight.
#640, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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