Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – The Ghazal (posted by Paul) for Meeting The Bar: Critique and Craft
The ghazal is a traditional Arabian verse form with the first two lines ending in the same refrain, which is then repeated at the end of each stanza. The ghazal consists of at least five, but often up to fifteeen, two-line stanzas.Each stanza should be independent, but should tie together with the whole. (Like a pearl on a necklace) The first two lines end with the same refrain. This refrain is repeated at the end of each stanza. The final stanza is a signature, where the author can use his/her name to seal the poem.The lines should be of similar length and rhythm. Themes are traditionally melancholy, introspective, loving, longing and thoughtful and in the Sufi tradition of Hafiz, directed to the Beloved [Source: Poetic Metre and Form: Octavia Wynne]
Sitting in the lap of a tall maple tree
years leap by like aged bark of maple tree.
Child to teen, teen to adult, and into old age
on stages, where countless plays drift as leaves from maple tree.
Does degree of pain vary during each stage,
or do we become tougher skinned like an old maple tree?
Teen years seemed devastating, so ill-equipped
was I emotionally to grow like new leaves on maple tree.
Decades of uncertainty passed before independence
grew in my heart and head, lulling me under maple tree.
Sara’s acceptance of life’s see-saw affords her
fond memories as she sits in lap of maple tree.