31 May 2010

Ghazaling Nows

From the One spring many— distraction cements duality.
Enchantment flips a penny— people resent duality.

Tend each now . . . breathe in . . . breathe out.
Let moments rise and weave in— ferment duality.

Remove preoccupation, be the task at hand.
Tangential rumination represents duality.

When pulling weeds, pull weeds, when doing deeds
do deeds. Focus, lest diversion reinvent duality.

The author washes dishes. Laughter becomes bubbles,
setting free her wishes. She circumvents duality.

Shout out to the Monday Poetry Train, for allowing Monday posts of any kind, and to Robert Lee Brewer of Poetic Asides for leading me to the ghazal. The ghazal is a poetic form with roots in 7th century Arabia. Every couplet should stand alone, although they follow a certain rhyme and refrain pattern. The last stanza should reference the poet.


Stan Ski said...

Difficult to escape duality.
Thoughtful post.

Anonymous said...

This works very well, I like it lots, and the form is interesting.

'Enchantment flips a penny' is great...

Anonymous said...

I love the sound of this read out loud, Brenda. It flows steady and quietly. It reminds me of the Buddhist ideas of less hubbub multi-tasking, more presence here, now. I especially like your reference to weeding, as that's my personal quiet place where I think of nothing, easily.

- Dina

Earl said...

I love the sound AND should follow the advice. I have the attention span of a flea and can forget about washing the dishes in mid-swipe!

The ghazal is a very interesting form. I will copy the pattern and give it a try.


brenda said...

Dina-thanks for your comments--I channeled this piece keeping in mind a Buddhist perspective. (validation...(which the buddhist doesn't seek)...is mine!) hee hee

Stan...I've been trying to escape duality since my first "trip" in the late 70s. While that trip opened up the idea of oneness...proving it and feeling it on every drug free day? Whole 'nother story.

Tell me about it, b....attention spans and I split the sheets often. :)

Thank you all for your encouragement and support. I'd write either way....but your words bring smiles, laughter, and yes....validation.

gautami tripathy said...

I liked the Ghazal.

sky as the canvas of my thoughts