Who Else But You?

who else but you
please tell me who else
can ever take your place

now give yourself a smile
what is the worth of a diamond
if it doesn’t smile

how can i ever put a price
on the diamond that you are
you are the entire treasure of the house


[from Ghazal 2148, from the Diwan-e Shams Poetic translation by Nader Khalili “Rumi, Fountain of Fire” Cal-Earth Press, 1994]

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