“I dream of fire. Those dreams are tied to a horse that will never tire.”
[Sting & Cheb Mami – Desert Rose]
“Isn’t there a white knight upon a fiery steed?
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need.”
[Bonnie Tyler – I Need a Hero]
Always, in dreams, I court these flames –
when I know I should thwart these flames.
“Always wanting what cannot be yours!”
“Simmer down!” I exhort these flames.
“Where is the crime? Why all the guilt?”
“I won’t behave,” retort these flames.
Is it so wrong to get what you need?
Life is brief; I cavort with these flames.
Poor Paloma, with feathers singed!
She tries but can’t deport these flames!
Linked to B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond at MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie. [In case you are wondering, this used to be the BJ’s Shadorma and Beyond prompt, but since I’ve adopted a pen name, the “J” is now “P” – for Paloma – at Bastet’s suggestion. Thank you, my friend!]
Our form for this week is the ghazal – my poetic nemesis! Oh, how I struggle with ghazals! Be very glad that I’m a goodhearted, decent person, folks – or I’d get even by presenting Fornyrdislag! [Just kidding!]
Anyway. What’s a ghazal?
- Every verse is a 2-line couplet; there are 4 to 15 couplets;
- Each line contains the same number of syllables;
- Every verse ends in the same word(s) [the radif] preceded by a rhyme [the qaafiya];
[in this case, “these flames” is the repeated radif and “court” provides the rhyme / qaafiya]
- In the first couplet, both lines end with the rhyme [qaafiya] and the repeated words [radif];
- Each verse is considered a separate mini-poem, so there is no need for any connection between couplets;
- The last verse is a signature couplet in which you include your name or your pen name;
My intro to “I Need a Hero”? It was used in a David Copperfield television special. He was floating across the Grand Canyon. Or something. Tween-aged Paloma was watching the man, not the scenery! Today, this is absolutely hysterical!!!