The way that you spoke left me speechless,
Helpless in the face of your sweetness
I ran from your trap, home to my heart,
But trapped in my heart I'm your captive.
#648, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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