Rubáiyát – Animalia Trio


The humble lizard – which from nowhere springs
Is found within the palaces of kings
Although it never delved, nor built, nor toiled
But takes advantage of all useful things.

The birds – so free, as they explore the sky
Sings each their song until they day they die.
Unlike mankind: they neither plot, nor plan,
Nor torment their minds forever asking: why?

The lion – royal, but not on a throne
Must stalk, and hunt, entirely alone.
No crowds of sycophantic slaves surround
This regal monarch – who yet rules his own.