Poetry Friday: Two by Solomon ibn Gabirol (11th Century)
Naked without either cover or dress,
utterly soulless, and hollow--
from its mouth comes wisdom and prudence,
and in ambush it kills like an arrow.
2. MY HEART THINKS AS THE SUN COMES UP
My heart thinks as the sun comes up
that what it does is wise:
as earth borrows its light,
as pledge it takes the stars.
--Trans. Peter Cole