Tonight I am hosting MTB at dVerse and the focus of our attention is the ghazal.
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. It 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 (God)
Here is my ghazal.
Please feel free to visit dVerse to read some of the fabulous work there and maybe add a poem of your own.
here in this moment I stand, falling leaves might break me
for wearing my soul as a skin, falling leaves might break me
life has fashioned a hole right where my heart used to reside
and I ask quietly of my self, will falling leaves really break me
that space, now brim full and spilling all joy and remorse throughout
offers balanced equal measures, such that falling leaves could break me
winged heart in total free fall, longing for your touch my dear Beloved
knowing that even your breath caresses like falling leaves that now break me
this scribbler is no more, surrendered to all things, to your deep ocean of being
and in doing so, becoming one with the falling leaves that have always broke me