Oh, that April whom I adore, would speed as gazelle and spare me ghazal! We’re only halfway through NaPoWriMo, and I’m beat (not as in Kerouac), longing for nice short form, rhyme-less assignments. Yes, I realize this month’s poetry challenges are optional–but I strive to be a trooper, make best effort 🙂
My ghazal will also incorporate today’s WordPress Daily Post Prompt, “Timely”…for better or worse.
Do read our host’s italicized prompt information, as it may help my poem make some meager sense…maybe.
“…our (optional) prompt. Today’s is an oldie-but-a-goody: the ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry, but has become increasingly used in English, after being popularized by poets including Agha Shahid Ali. A ghazal is formed of couplets, each of which is its own complete statement. Both lined of the first couplet end with the same phrae or end-word, and that end-word is also repeated at the end of each couplet. If you’re really feeling inspired, you can also attempt to incorporate internal rhymes and a reference to your own name in the final couplet. Here are a few examples – Evie Shockley’s “where you are planted,” Ali’s “Tonight,” and Patricia Smith’s “Hip Hop Ghazal.”
January late, in Criminating River—this day deceived, not timely;
There, Reaper Death you met—for me, this day deceived, not timely.
Years ago in youth, I traveled to your door, brought dreams—
You refused far-off love’s visit, this day perceived not timely.
On waft of devastated grief, at loss to begin next journey, I
Left your city unfamiliar, hope-bereft—this day un-conceived, not timely.
There is not rhyme, nor choice that poet’s hungry heart does make;
Seagull scavenger on beach, no sustenance this day received—not timely.
Many winters gone, and RL’s thoughts swim true to you…glad,
In Criminating River I’d drown, but of life this day relieved? Not timely.
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