The Luzumiyat of Abu'l-Ala, XCIV

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

But I was not. Oh! that the Fates decree
That I now cast aside this clay of me; 
     My soul and body wedded for a while
Are sick and would that separation be. 


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.