Dear Friend

Rumi translated by Nader Khalili

my dear friend

never lose hope

when the beloved

sends you away

if you’re abandoned

if you’re left hopeless

tomorrow for sure

you’ll be called again

if the door is shut

right in your face

keep waiting with patience

don’t leave right away

seeing your patience

your love will soon

summon you with grace

raise you like a champion

and if all the roads

end up in dead ends

you’ll be shown the secret paths

no one will comprehend

the beloved I know

will give with no qualms

to a puny ant

the kingdom of Solomon

my heart has journeyed

many times around the world

but has never found

and will never find

such a beloved again

ah i better keep silence

i know this endless love

will surely arrive

for you and you and you.


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