The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XX

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

The silken fibre of the fell Zakkum,
As warp and woof, is woven on the loom
       Of life into a tapestry of dreams
To decorate the chariot-seat of Doom.

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.