Mind of a Mage … (Ghazal)
In the off-wings behind her veiled blind of a mage –
She’s not young, her gray hairs remind me of a mage …
Languid eyes, rosy cheeks and a solemn stare –
She hides behind the twisted mind of a mage …
More like a wizard than a witch … devious is she
Weaving words complacently – with her mind of a mage …
Always right, or so she thinks, she drives me mad!
Proud and austere – devious mind of a mage …
Ah women – bedeviled creatures one and all,
Beware friend, of their serpent mind of a mage …
I her man, am trapped in her spider’s web …
She’s bewitching – with her mind of a mage.
(c) G.s.k. ’14
This was inspired by Ye Olde Foole … he’s been better known for his haiku and tanka, but is an all around great poet … and writes in many forms including sonnets and ghazal … I read a couple of his ghazal yesterday and he sent me one written by Robert Bly. Then this morning I saw a new ghazal on Fool’s Blog and decided to write Mindlovesmisery’s Self Portrait prompt (whereby you look at yourself through the eyes of another) using a ghazal … hope you’ll drop by and enjoy both of them!
Here is how you write a ghazal:
1. Every verse is a 2-line couplet, (unless your Robert Bly) with around 4 to 10 couplets in total.
2. Each line must contain the same number of syllables.
3. Every verse ends in the same word(s) preceded by a rhyme.
The same repeating word(s) is/are called a radif, and the rhyme is called a qaafiya.
4. In the first couplet, both lines end with a qaafiya (rhyme) and radif (repeating word(s)).
5. Each verse is considered a separate mini-poem, so there is no need for any connection between couplets.
6. The last verse is traditionally a signature couplet in which you include your first or last name (or nickname).