Today’s National Poetry Writing Month challenge was to write an oldie but a goody : “The Ghazal”. Though originally developed in Arabic and English, it has become increasingly used in English. A ghazal is formed of couplets, each of which is it’s own complete statement. Both lines of the first couplet end with the same phrase or end-word and that end-word is repeated at the end of the rest of the couplets. If you feel truly inspired, you can always make a reference to your own name in the final couplet.
Since it’s dad’s birthday today, decided to dedicate this first attempt to him.
I loved you so, all I wanted was for you to love me back,
Watching me from a distance, did not know you always had my back.
Just wanted you to be happy, to be the reason for your smile,
Not one who displayed emotions, you smiled when I turned my back.
Being your daughter, a part of you, always made me proud,
I tried so hard but you raised the bar, while all I wanted was a pat on my back.
I remember the bed-time stories,the visits to the park,
You carrying me home, as I slept on our way back.
To follow your heart I learnt from you, to live without regret,
Living my life in a way, looking forward, no need to look back.
You said, ” No time to cry over spilled milk, what’s gone is gone”,
Showing me it was alright to fall, as long as one’s ready to bounce back.
What I am today, is the hard work of your yesterday,
There was love in your firmness, I think now, as memories of the past come back.
Staying all by yourself, among strangers, in a land so far away,
I wait for the day that you’ll say, “Smitha, my dear, I am back”.
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