Our Poets, a Ghazal Poem

Our poets tickle words; invoke a tale from the writing reed,

Others unprovoked, quiet read the lines of the writing reed.

Fill books and manuscripts invoke the writing reed.

Reed thrives in sunlight and in gloomy places,

Tight or roomy spaces make the writing reed.

Fill books and manuscripts invoke the writing reed.

Where salamanders dream the groom gathers the weeds,

The carver grooms weeds and makes the writing reed.

Fill books and manuscripts invoke the writing reed.

Thieves may steal an idyll of silver made by the writing reed,

Endowed with ink words flow like a vast fount from the writing reed.

Fill books and manuscripts invoke the writing reed.

Listen, lowing breezes of the night, lights to darkness concede,

One, as all, Beloved of God, a scribe, puts down his writing reed.

© Lemuel

29 April, 2018

NaPoWriMo 2018

Notes

Ghazal Poetic Form

  • Minimum of five couplets
  • Each line of the poem must be equal (syllables) in length
  • Couplet one introduces the scheme, rhyme, followed by refrain
  • Follow-up couplets pick up the same scheme in the second line only
  • Final couplet includes poet’s signature referencing the poet in first-or third-person or a derivation of the meaning of their name.
  • Rhyme scheme is AA bA cA dA eA, etc.
  • Each couplet ends on the same word or phrase.
  • Themes can be love, melancholy, longing, or metaphysical questions

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