‘ you are forever my shining sun and i am like this poem restless with hopes and fears’

how long should i bear
this distressed life
because of hopes and fears

all those piled up thoughts
filling my brain
with hopes and fears

pour into my throat
whatever has been
my share of life

don’t make me wait forever
like a knocker on a door
with hopes and fears

these moments i feel
i’ve lost all my colors
because of hopes and fears

you are forever
my shining sun and
i am like this poem
restless with hopes and fears


— Ghazal 876

Translation by Nader Khalili
“Rumi, Fountain of Fire”; Cal-Earth Press, 1995

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