This has always been one of my favourite poems. It is one of the famous poems which were hung on the walls of the Kaaba because of their mastery of the Arabic language and beauty. This one was composed by the poet Zuhair Bnu Abi-Sulma (زهير بن أبي سلمى). This is why I like poetry, especially the kind that describes ideals and is packed with wisdom. The nice thing about this excerpt (the actual poem is longer) is that it can be easily understood without needing to resort to a dictionary (like it would be the case with other poems from the Jahiliya times). I guess there is no point in translating, because the awsomeness of the poem is in its actual word composition and rhyme, but it speaks about life and death, appearance and essence and some qualities like generosity, patience, perception and understanding the other. I offer this poem to all Algerians and I say to them, listen to this old man speaking to you through the centuries and the depths of the Earth.