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A Whisper in the Wind: a #ghazal #renga soliloquy for #dversepoets

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As the clouds gather… only a whisper in the wind

As the first rains fall… only a whisper in the wind

 

an unseen sunset… a return to an empty house

not a soul in sight…only a whisper in the wind

 

only one more cough… a memory of company

not a light turned on…only a whisper in the wind

 

Were those words worth it…such sweet pride in walking away?

now so much silence…only a whisper in the wind

 

simple twist of fate…this lost American Haijin

one decision made…only a whisper in the wind

 

Paul Scribbles hosts tonight’s MTB over at dVerse. He calls for a ghazal, which he describes as:

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]

I never wrote one before, so I loosely used a renga structure of two lines to compose the couplet stanzas. It’s a rigorous form, but it’s highly rewarding! Come join the fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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