The Cat – Tanaga – June 28, 2015

Rooftop – at first light he walked
I think that if he had talked
He would have said:  “who are you?”
He wondered what I would do …

Eyes in eyes he walked by me
He was worried – plain to see
Pug-like face sleek silken coat
A white losange at his throat

Watching me he nearly slipped
My heart leapt he nearly tipped!
He looked down then looked at me
Across the red rooftop sea

Persian cat walked by at dawn
Thirty seconds then was gone
Chance encounter – eyes in eyes
Without hellos – no goodbyes.

© G.s.k. ‘15

For:

B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond – Tanaga – June 20, 2015

Passing Time – Free Verse – May 30, 2015

passing spring

passing spring

trundling down a country road –
sweet perfumed air and waving grass –
I came upon a tumbling ruin
and thought of how all springs pass
imagining when it never stood
that house which once held happiness
the sound of children on the steps
a Christmas morning
a funeral wake …
Ah – how time passes so rapidly
like a ride in a country road
a ruined home went whizzing past
leaving nothing, but my photograph
and a ghost of an
imagined life.

© G.s.k. 15

Inspired by Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond

“My Hero’s – Olde Foole” – Shadorma and Double Tetractys – May17, 2015

My hero’s
not a superman
a wizard
or a mage
he says he’s just an olde foole …
like a sphinx I think!

bard
poet
song writer
a sweet sweet voice
and with a heart as big as Alaska
he was born an Air Force brat just like me
so I tell you
my hero’s
Olde Foole –
friend!

I’ve never been a hero worshipper – and I’m not now, but if I had to choose a hero, and it seems I do for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Tale Weaver prompt I could do worse than choosing my dear friend, Ye Olde Foole.

Also written for B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – shadorma (a non-rhyming six-line poem in 3/5/3/3/7/5) – Tetractys 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20)

In a wind storm – Ghazal – April 9, 2015

Photo Credits: Kimerajam

Photo Credits: Kimerajam

She seeks butterflies in a wind storm
Lost in her own world in a wind storm.

In books and dreams she walks ever alone
Stumbling past obstacles in a wind storm.

Fragile and lonely unaware of what’s real
She walks blindly and sadly in a wind storm.

Birds cannot fly in this stormy blow
How can she walk on in a wind storm?

The world is crashing around her ears and yet
She seems not to notice she’s in a wind storm.

Sekhmet looks on this weary scene aghast
Wondering when she’ll see she’s in a wind storm.

© G.s.k. ‘15

MLMM – Photo Challenge – and – B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond

How does one write a Ghazal:

1. Every verse is a 2-line couplet, (unless you’re Robert Bly) with around 4 to 15 couplets in total.
2. Each line must contain the same number of syllables (in Arabic, they must be the same length we use syllables).
3. Every couplet 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 pen name).

Traditionally the preferred subject of a Ghazal is love …. though in our modern age it’s used for just about any subject.