I Look Up to the Sky

by Samuel ibn Naghrillah

993-1056
I look up to the sky and the stars,
And down to the earth and the things that creep there.
And I consider in my heart how their creation
Was planned with wisdom in every detail.
See the heavens above like a tent,
Constructed with loops and with hooks,
And the moon with its stars, like a shepherdess
Sending her sheep into the reeds;
The moon itself among the clouds,
Like a ship sailing under its banners;
The clouds like a girl in her garden
Moving, and watering the myrtle-trees;
The dew-mist -- a woman shaking
Drops from her hair to the ground.
The inhabitants turn, like animals, to rest, 
(their palaces are their stables);
And all fleeing from the fear of death,
Like a dove pursued by the falcon.
And these are compared at the end to a plate
Which is smashed into innumerable shards.

Published by Robin

I'm a retired journalist who still has stories to tell. This seems to be a good place to tell them.

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