Mooning over the moon – a ghazal

17 Jul


Sun’s opposite, ruler of the night
Control the seas, hope in the dark,  sliver moon

Moon over Pismo State Beach

Shares the sky with the sun
Delicate white light, half moon

Moon over Santa Cruz

Full, round, lush, sky-filling light
Pregnant with power, full moon

Moon over Boulder Creek

Mysterious glow, elusive light
Sparkles through tree leaves, harvest moon

Ghazal is an Arabic form of poetry.  When the form is translated into English, it becomes a series of couplets that share an ending word or phrase.
My attempt at Ghazal is far from traditional or typical.  Learn more about this form by visiting The Ghazal Page and reading some really good ones.
More Ghazal poems at Totally Optional Prompts.
All content written by Liza Lee Miller unless otherwise noted.
© 2008, Liza Lee Miller. Creative Commons License

11 Responses to “Mooning over the moon – a ghazal”

  1. Andrew Hundson 17 July, 2008 at 7:48 am #

    Ghazal is an Urdu form of Poetry, may you are right but my friends says it is a Urdu word.

  2. Lucy 17 July, 2008 at 8:24 am #

    This is a really good one too! Love the way each couplet has a picture.

  3. Karen Crone 17 July, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    Love the way you have presented your ghazal with the fine images between the couplets. Thanks!

  4. Liza Lee Miller 17 July, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    Andrew, according to Wikipedia, Ghazal is a form of poetry from many languages, including Arabic and Urdu. [click]

    Glad people are liking my attempt. I feel pretty good about it.

  5. Lisa 17 July, 2008 at 10:39 am #

    Really beautiful and you presented it nice too.

  6. tumblewords 17 July, 2008 at 12:27 pm #

    Very nice. I like the interweaving of image and descriptive words!

  7. Sweet Talking Guy 17 July, 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    Yeah, thats a good way to break up the chain of thoughts – innovative use of the prompt.

  8. lirone 17 July, 2008 at 4:18 pm #

    Agree with those above – the pictures are a nice way to separate the different couplets.

  9. rick mobbs 17 July, 2008 at 7:49 pm #

    I like it, too.

  10. Crafty Green Poet 17 July, 2008 at 11:41 pm #

    What a lovely idea to use photos in with your ghazal!

  11. stan 18 July, 2008 at 3:02 pm #

    Often seen by day as well as night, to remind us of its power. Conveyed in word and image.

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