The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XI

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Ay, like the circles which the sun doth spin
Of gossamer, we end as we begin;
       Our feet are on the heads of those that pass,
But ever their Graves around our Cradles grin.

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.