The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XLVII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

I heard it whispered in the cryptic streets
Where every sage the same dumb shadow meets:
      “We are but words fallen from the lipe of Time
Which God, that we might understand, repeats.”

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.