Grave: A Ghazal
©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer
Smelling the earth’s mist as spring bloom comes,
reminds me of your scent–please be back.
List’ning to the songs you sang for me,
replays your husky voice–please be back.
Re-reading the poems you’ve penned for me,
recalls your heartfelt words–please be back.
Embracing the ceaseless ache inside me,
rewinds that fateful day—please be back.
Sitting on top of your mute green bed,
reminds it’s too late to say—please be back.
Photo credit: Larry Chen
In response to Blogging from A to Z Challenge: G is for Ghazal
- metric at the discretion of the poet. All lines should be of equal length and meter.
- made up of 5 to 15 shers. The sher is the couplet of the traditional ghazal when it includes a “main rhyme” (qaafiyaa) established somewhere in the 2nd half of L1 of the opening sher (matla), and is repeated in L2 immediately before the refrain (radif), which is the last word or phrase of L2. This main rhyme and refrain is repeated in L2 of ALL subsequent shers in the ghazal.
- written with the opening sher (matla) establishing the tone, main rhyme (qaafiyaa) and refrain (radif).
a = main rhyme; R = refrain
xxxxxx a xx R
xxxxxx a xx R
- Subsequent shers (maqta) carry the main rhyme and refrain in the 2nd line. L1 of all subsequent shers has no restrictions other than to be the same length or meter as L2.
xxxxxxa xx R