The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, CXIV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Why try to con the book of earth and sky,
Why seek the truth which neither you nor I
       Can grasp? But Death methinks the secret keeps,
And will impart it to us by and by.

The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala (James T. White & Co., 1920) by Abū al-‘Alā’ al-Ma‘arrī. Translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani. Copyright © 1920 by Ameen Rihani. This poem is in the public domain.