The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, VIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

The secret of the day and night is in
The constellations, which forever spin
       Around each other in the comet-dust;—
The comet-dust and humankind are kin.


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.