Thursday, January 12, 2012

Notes Toward a Supreme Ghazal

Ms Hacker likes to write in the ghazal form.
She does something every night in the ghazal form.

I've never attempted this mode of Arabic verse,
But I should try something light in the ghazal form.

It might also be a medium for invective:
Do poets vent their spite in the ghazal form?

It's mystifying to me, really, how anyone
Could seem to take delight in the ghazal form.

The anticlimactic repetition ending each couplet
Makes it difficult to excite in the ghazal form.

Hard to imagine Michael Longley or Seamus Heaney
Remembering the potato blight in the ghazal form.

Even a mind of the caliber of Albert Einstein
Would sound less than bright in the ghazal form.

Yet some American poets can make good verse
About war-torn countries' plight in the ghazal form.

O dylan of darkspeech, fight!  Let your words take flight!
Show your poetic might in the ghazal form!