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In Tibet – Ghazal style

For those who do not know Ghazal poetry…..(I hope I did it justice although, I tweaked the rhythm a bit).
This style of poetry is known as Ghazal. The Ghazal was developed in Persia in the 10th century AD from the Arabic verse form qasida. A number of American poets, including Adrienne Rich and W.S. Merwin, have written Ghazals, usually without the strict pattern of the traditional form.
A traditional Ghazal consists of five to fifteen couplets, typically seven. A refrain (a repeated word or phrase) appears at the end of both lines of the first couplet and at the end of the second line in each succeeding couplet. In addition, one or more words before the refrain are rhymes or partial rhymes. The lines should be of approximately the same length and meter. Absolutely no enjambment allowed! The poet may use the final couplet as a signature couplet, using his or her name in first, second or third person, and giving a more direct declaration of thought or feeling to the reader.
Each couplet should be a poem in itself, like a pearl in a necklace. There should not be continuous development of a subject from one couplet to the next through the poem
( I might of). The refrain provides a link among the couplets, but they should be detachable, quotable, grammatical units. There should be an epigrammatic terseness, yet each couplet should be lyric and evocative.


In Tibet
Young girl on dirty street cries – in Tibet.
Old man praying, sad life, dies – in Tibet.
Crisp water cascading down rocky creeks
Warm beer soothes annoying flies – in Tibet.
Tall mountains kiss new heights, snow eagles soar.
Free notes of music will rise – in Tibet
Hot food is always spiced with heavy scent.
The flavors burn your wet eyes – in Tibet.
Thin flags of color decorate blue sky.
Young monks will protest the lies – in Tibet
No boarders left, war raged for China’s greed.
The Dali Lama’s Zen sighs – in Tibet.
I heard the voice of freedom shout Lisa! 
Free souls rise, your voice defies – in Tibet..
-TheMsLvh  © 2011

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  1. July 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    The information is nice, but the poem is much nicer. I may even try some of these styles someday, but am satisfied now just to read. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and verse.

  2. July 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Fantastic. I am in awe and jealous! But it gives me hope that I can indeed write a ghazal. I will be back to read this again.


    • July 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      Margo, Thanks for the challange. I just posted on your comments,tried to answer the questions on how I did this. So happy it was well received.

  3. July 19, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    You make it look easy – which I know it wasn’t. I love this poem, for its ideas, and for the consistent way you have followed the ghazal rules. NOW I understand about the internal rhymes, though whether I can follow your example is highly debatable. I am full of admiration.

  4. July 26, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I really enjoyed this form, vivid and powerful imagery. Loved this

  5. August 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    We just learned this form last week over at D’Verse. Nice ghazal form with all the elements.

    Glad you found us ~

    • August 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      I am thrilled I found dVerse too. Thanks for the welcoming

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