The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

And what avails it then that Man be born
To joy or sorrow?—why rejoice or mourn?
       The doling doves are calling to the rose;
The dying rose is bleeding o’er the thorn.

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.