What’s with your supposed zodiac, then,
that it is so helpful to the nasty?
It bestows on them palatial baths, and
mill works, and long walkways to their mansions–
while the honorable
have to pawn everything to
earn their nightly bread crust.
Who would give a fart for
such a constellation?
Translated by Juan Cole
from Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, [pdf] Whinfield 492/ Arberry 1949