Crazy for Wine

Image 6 from Khayyām's Songs

The Iraqi poet ʿAbd al-Wahhād al-Bayātī also drew on the mythic al-Khayyām in his poetry. In his last collection (Eastern Texts [Nuṣūṣ sharqiyyah]), published in Damascus the year of his death, 1999, he wrote the following lines:

Al-Khayyām apologized for meeting me

at the Observatory,

in fear of the informers,

for he had been indicted for his religion,

and I

for kidnapping the Sultan’s daughter,

being crazy for wine,

and dancing naked under the starlight. (p. 76)