In the abbatoire of love, they only kill the choicest.
The small-minded, mean ones they reject.
If you truly love, you won't escape with your life.
They are dead to begin with who don't get the knife.
#681: From Rumi's Kolliyaat-e
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
Zara Houshmand's features index
The Life Teachings and Poetry of Jalal al-Din Rumi
By Frankin D. Lewis
By Coleman Barks (Translator)