The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, CXVIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

For this I say, Be watchful of the Cage
Of chance; it opes alike to fool and sage;
       Spy on the moment, for to-morrow’ll be,
Like yesterday, an obliterated page.

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.