Humor Poetry posted April 29, 2018

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A Ghazal


by Sis Cat

Ghazal poetry Contest Winner 
Rob, you forgot the tortillas.
You should have bought the tortillas.

We'd be eating homemade chips if 
we'd packed and brought the tortillas.

I wouldn't be slicing this bread
if you had sought the tortillas.

We could have made tacos instead.
Did you boycott the tortillas?

I must go to La Gloria
to eat them hot—the tortillas.

When we wanted tasty Frisbees,
we threw and caught the tortillas.

'Dre, I bought masa for our comal.
What hath God wrought? The tortillas.


Writing Prompt
A Ghazal is a poem that is made up like an odd numbered chain of couplets, where each couplet is an independent poem. It should be natural to put a comma at the end of the first line. The Ghazal has a refrain of one to three words that repeat, and an inline rhyme that preceedes the refrain. Lines 1 and 2, then every second line, has this refrain and inline rhyme, and the last couplet should refer to the authors pen-name... The rhyming scheme is AA bA cA dA eA etc.

These Aged Pines

Amid lush fern carpet stand perpending pillars;
Into broad canopy rise impending pillars.

Shady gloom in quiet calm hangs perpetual
Neath enshrouding shelter of attending pillars.

Ringlets firm encircle hearts of antiquity,
Deeply shielded within great suspending pillars.

More than stately; more than magnificently made,
High up into heavens reach transcending pillars.

Among elder giants Zahhar walks astonished,
His heart held uplifted by extending pillars.

Copyright © 2006 Erin Thomas

Ghazal poetry
Contest Winner


tortillas=an unleavened flatbread made of corn in North and Central America.

La Gloria=a tortilla factory in Puerto Vallarta I visited once.

masa=the dough of ground maize used for making tortillas.

comal=a flat griddle used for cooking tortillas.

I'm vacationing in Mexico now. On Saturday my maid Norma showed me where to buy masa at a local market, and on Monday she showed me that my kitchen has a comal that I can put on two burners. I'm making tortillas soon!

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I thank cleo85 for use of the "Tortillas" photo.

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