The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, XCI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Oh! cast my dust away from thee, and doff 
Thy cloak of sycophancy and like stuff:
     I’m but a shadow on the sandy waste,—
Enough of thy duplicity, enough! 

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.