The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, LI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

The Earth then spake: “My children silent be;
Same are to God the camel and the flea:
      He makes a mess of me to nourish you,
Then makes a mess of you to nourish me."


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.