Deep thoughts and sadness dim and do not last
Where wine and song and good kebab are found.
Drink the pleasure, friends, that never ends:
Drink the kiss of waterĮs lips, like flowers do, like grass.
#85, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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