The Moving Finger

 

 

The moving finger writes; and, having writ,

moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit

shall lure it back to cancel half a line,

nor all thy tears wash a word out of it

 

But helpless pieces in the game he plays,

upon this chequer-board of nights and days

he hither and thither moves, and checks….and slays,

the one by one back in the closet lays.

Omar Khayyam

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