The Luzumiyat of Abu’l-Ala, XXIII

translated from the Arabic by Ameen Rihani

Then Jannat or Juhannam? From the height
Of reason I can see nor fire nor light
       That feeds not on the darknesses; we pass
From world to world, like shadows through the night.

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.