Will your pain submit to a cure? Never.
Or desire ever leave you? Never.
The seed of patience is sown in the heart,
You say. But will it ever sprout? Never.
#951, 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)