The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XLVIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Another said:   “The creeping worm hath shown,
In her discourse on human flesh and bone,
      That Man was once the bed on which she slept—
The walking dust was once a thing of stone.”

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.