The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, LXXIV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Swathe thee in wool, my Sufi friend, and go 
Thy way; in cotton I the wiser grow; 
      But we ourselves are shreds of earth, and soon
The Tailor of the Universe will sew. 

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.