Ghazal #1 – The Imperfect Rhyme Scheme
The Ghazal (pronounced ghuzzel) is a poetic style from the Middle East which I learned about in 2001. I wrote only a few and then revised several of them years later. This is the first one I wrote and I don’t know if it’s a revision or not. I called it imperfect, because this one does not follow the traditional scheme exactly. The style of the poem includes the use of the poet’s name in the last verse.
Leaving a taste of sweet delight came the dream
opening my mind a joyous sight although but a dream.
What are the schemes of men about but fulfilling their dream?
When an artist inspired does shout others critique the dream.
For years thousands do toil to realize a dream
even the planting of soil is to make flourish a dream.
Is that soft vision in the dark merely a fleeting dream?
Or is the action of day stark a cruel unending dream?
Are these words by me written in a dream?
Or is she, Skywalker, merely another dream?