Omar Khayyam (492) “What’s with your supposed zodiac?”

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

2 Responses

  1. Yes, indeed!

    The same holds true of all people who beleive that they were kings, emperors, and pharaoes in their “former lives.”

    Beleiving in past, present, or future kings and emperors is like voting for Reagan. It presupposes that you are willing to get totally fooled.

    Cheers, Björn Lindgren

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