Sunday, 11 December 2011

First, he tempted Rumi

First, he tempted me
with infinite caresses.

He burnt me in the end
with pain and sorrow.

In this game of chess
I had to lose myself
in order to win Him.

Translation by Azima Melita Kolin
and Maryam Mafi
Rumi: Whispers of the Beloved
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1999

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