tender arrows

تساهم ثوباها ففي الدرع رأدة

they met together, her two garments:

so in the blouse was a tender body,

وفي المرط لفّاوان ردفهما عبل

and in the waist-cloth, two thick thighs,

both what’s following them plump—

فوالله لا أدري أزيدت ملاحة

and so by Allah I don’t know:

had she increased in seduction

وحسناً على النسوان أم ليس لي عقل

and excellence over women,

or have I not my mind—

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