Saadi Shirazi

(1814-1291 / Iran)

Ch 03 On The Excellence Of Contentment Story 25 - Poem by Saadi Shirazi

A man whose hands and feet had been amputated killed a millipede and a pious passer-by exclaimed: ‘Praised be Allah! In spite of the thousand feet he possessed he could not escape from a man without hands and feet when his fate had overtaken him.’

When the life-taking foe comes in the rear
Fate ties the legs of a running man.
At the moment when the enemy has slowly arrived
It is useless to draw the Kayanian bow.


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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