My love, my life, you ask why I'm so hard.
Go ask your eyebrows, ask your wild hair.
Your tight lips will tell why my heart feels no peace.
Your magical eyes will explain my disease.
#980, from Rumi's Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).
Translated by Zara Houshmand
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