Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted December 3, 2017

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a ghazal

In Ivy

by Sis Cat

I proffer a lily wrapped in ivy.
Mother's memories unwrapped in ivy:
"After the divorce, I tossed Fred's clay tools
over the lawn to be scrapped in ivy.          
"Boy, you better watch your step off the grass;
sometimes your untrained dog crapped in ivy.
"Although sycamore leaves escape your rake,
‘neath the vines, leaves become trapped in ivy.
"After you exhausted games on the lawn,
for variety you napped in ivy."
Mom grasps the gift. "Nothing is as pretty,
'Dre, as this stem overlapped in ivy."


Love Poem Poetry Contest contest entry


After I read Barbara Crane's "Love Refrains: a ghazal," a finalist in the Rattle Poetry Prize, I experimented with her dialogue-driven version of this ancient Arabic form of poetry popular Iran, Pakistan, and India.

Usually about unrequited love, ghazals (pronounced "guzzles") are composed of couplets. In the first, the poet introduces the theme and a rhyme-refrain at the end of both lines. The rhyme-refrain repeats on the second line of following couplets. The last couplet includes the poet's name.

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