I press rose petals on your lips today
How they bloom more than yesterday
I trace my tongue amidst deep trails
You are sweeter than yesterday
My arms hold your peace as you sleep
More beautiful than yesterday
Rains and clouds may dot our sky
Still I love you more than yesterday
Say you will stay until I am gray
Heaven is here, brighter than yesterday
Author's Note : This post is for D'Verse - Form for All - Ghazal, hosted by Gay and John Alwyine-Mosley (AKA @bookdreamer) We are to write at least 5 couplets; I have used yesterday as my ending rhyme word.
Traditional Ghazal rules of form are very clear. The opening couplet is called amatla, which sets up the rhyme scheme (qaifa) and refrain (radif) by having it occur in both lines. Then this scheme occurs only in the second line of each succeeding couplet for at least five additional couplets and in practice as many as needed. To end the ghazal, the poet has a signature couplet, the (makhta)in which they mention their name or refer to themselves.
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