a pebble wish i drop into this pond
it curls towards the depths, unfolded frond
to find a place where it might resonate
and sing a song to help me break this bond
A rubai or stanza in a rubaiyat is four lines long and rhymes AABA in iambic pentameter meter. That is how Edward Fitzgerald translated Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat. Khayyam was an 11th century Persian. Fitzgerald’s translation appeared in 1859.