If you hope for a moment of peace in love,
You don't belong in the ranks of lovers here.
Be hardy like the thorn, of single point,
That the rose may grow beside you, near and dear.
#673, 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)