Margo Roby, http://margoroby.wordpress.com/, in her Tuesday Tryouts challenged her readers to write a Ghazal. I had never heard of a Ghazal, so a little research was in order.
The Ghazal seems to be a poem lacking a consensus in its construction. The first five hits of a Google search gave me the following information. It is a poem composed of 4 to 10 / over 5 / 5 to 10 / 5 to 15 / normally around 7 couplets.
The first couplet’s lines end with a rhyming: word / refrain / refrain with a rhyming word in front of it.
The second line of each additional couplet: ends with a word rhyming with first couplet’s ending / ends with a rhyming word in front of the refrain / has one or more rhymes or partial rhymes before the refrain.
Each couplet is poetic statement, complete within itself, not carried over to the next couplet. A common theme: is used / is frowned upon for each couplet.
A Ghazal is written: in meter / with no regard for meter but using the same number of syllables / with no regard for meter or syllable count but of equal line length.
A Ghazal is a poetic expression: of both love and separation / of drinking wine / of illicit, unobtainable love / in a spiritual context with the beloved being God / invoking melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysical questions / mysticism.
The final couplet: always / sometimes / may include the poet’s name / pen name.
None of the above apply when a Ghazal is written in English.
THE SEARCH BEGINS
by Mike Patrick
I seek knowledge from my friends; the search begins.
It starts with you and sees no end; the search begins.
Will education take one far, and is the workforce fair?
I want security for all my kin and so the search begins.
Decisions made without research are filled with doubt.
Is so much of life decided on a whim, the search begins?
Elusive happiness is sought, but seldom found?
Perhaps it’s something I might win, the search begins.
Does a heart when stolen break, in one lifetime heal?
Or might it only partially mend, the search begins.
Are rules for man best found within the Bible, Talmud or Qur’an?
God’s law covers more than sins, and so the search begins.
It’s time for Mike to get in gear, the future now is drawing near.
No longer slipping by on laughs and silly grins, the search begins.