TO HIM IT’S ALL ONE

The friend to whom flower and thorn are one,

In whose faith, Koran and Cross are the same –

Why should we worry? To him it’s all one:

The swiftest horse or a donkey that’s lame.

#454: From Rumi’s Kolliyaat-e Shams-e Tabrizi
Edited by Badiozzaman Forouzanfar (Tehran, Amir Kabir, 1988).

Translated by Zara Houshmand

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