Here Tarafa wishes to say, that you find him to be both serious and playful. If you look for him in the gatherings of the clan where they consult on serious matters, you will find him there. And, if you look for him in the places of drink and play, there to you will find him. Then he goes on the praise himself saying that, if all the people of the clan, got together to see who is the most honourable amongst them, they will find it to be none other than him, as he is from the noblest of houses.
These are exceptionally beautiful lines from Imru al-Qais, describing the terrible night filled with sadness and worries. He says that the night has drawn its covering around him (sudul), and then sends upon him worries and sad thoughts like the waves of the ocean, one after the other. He longs for the morning, but is not sure that the morning will bring any respite. ‘Ardafa’ carries the meaning to follow something, or to ride behind. ‘A’jaz’ refers to the ends and ‘Kalkal’ is ‘Sadr’ or chest. Further, he feels that the night is so long, that it seems the stars have been fastened to the mountain with strong ropes of cotton in order to prevent them from ‘setting’ so that the morning can arrive.