While writing poems for my third book, I’ve found it refreshing to look through traditional forms to try to write and include them along with my free verse poems. The first of those forms I tried to write for this book is a ghazal and it’s fit well with that form originating in the Middle East during the medieval era, as there’ve been many poems and stories shared on the blog in recent months of artists and poets, like Rumi and May Ziadeh who lived in that part of the world.
My inspiration for this poem was creating a fictional, imaginary situation to illustrate my own inner reflection of what I’d consider some of the many truths of romantic love.
A few rules of ghazal: The poem is written in two line stanzas (couplets) with at least 5 stanzas and usually less than 15 total. I wasn’t aware of that writing mine yet mine has 14. The ‘end’ word (or refrain) is the last word of the second line of every couplet, rhyme scheme involves that last rhyming word, and each couplet is a full or separate idea able to stand on its own without the others.
This poem appears in print in Indelible, Issue #6.