Muhammad ibn Idris Al Shafii

(767-820 / فلسطين / غزة)

Travel Far Away - Poem by Muhammad ibn Idris Al Shafii

The intelligent and refined find no rest in dwelling in one place,
So leave your homeland and travel far away!
Travel and you will meet new people replacing those left behind,
And tire yourself out, because it makes life worth living!
I have seen that water stagnates when it stands still,
Yet when it runs it is sweet and pure.
And if the lion left not its land,
it would not catch its prey
And if the arrow left not the bow,
it would not hit its aim
And if the sun moved not across the horizon,
People the world over would have tired of the sky.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, April 14, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, April 14, 2014


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