The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, LXXVI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Among the crumbling ruins of the creeds
The Scout upon his camel played his reeds
     And called out to his people,—“Let us hence! 
The pasture here is full of noxious weeds.”

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.