Sometimes I wonder, sweetest love, if you
Were just a dream on a long winter night,
A dream of wine that fills the drunken eye.
Sometimes I wonder, sweetest love, if I
Should drink this ruby wine, or rather weep;
Each tear a gem with your face engraved,
A rosary to memorize your name…
There are so many ways to call you back-
Yes, even if you were just a dream.
JALAL UD DIN RUMI
Translated by Nigel Watts