The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, LXXXII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Evil and Virtue? Shadows on the street
Of Fate and Vanity,—but shadows meet
     When in the gloaming they are hast’ning forth 
To drink with Night annihilation sweet. 

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.