The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XIX

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Many a grave embraces friend and foe
Behind the curtain of this sorry show
       Of love and hate inscrutable; alas!
The Fates will always reap the while they sow.

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.