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Bashshar Ibn Burd: poem (d783)

Taken from: The Giraffe in History and Art by BERTHOLD LAUFER
(One of the earliest Persian text to mention the giraffe)

Bashshar Ibn Burd, the blind, deformed poet of the late Omayyad and early Abbassid period, who died in A.D. 783. In a satire on the early Mutagilite Wasil Ibn Ata, named Abu Hudhaifa, nicknamed al-Ghazzal, the weaver (because he frequented the weavers to observe the chastity of their women) , when the latter made a derogatory exclamation about the poet's neck, he says:

Why should I be bothered by a weaver, who,
if he turns his back, has a neck
Like an ostrich of the desert; and if he faces you,
The neck of the giraffe? What have I to do with you?

Taken from: From Siraf to Sumatra: Seafaring and Spices in the Islamicate Indo-Pacific, Ninth-Eleventh Centuries C.E. by Averbuch, Bryan Douglas, (who translated the quote from: Kitab al Aghani 3:193.

(his description of a white slave girl)
A hidden pearl of the sea,
Amidst the (other) pearls, the merchant chose her...
(his description of a black slave girl)
A shiny black girl...
As if molded for him who acquired her,
In ambergris kneaded with musk...