Friday, April 13, 2012

Hailstoned (#NaPoWriMo 13)

Today's NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a ghazal, which I've never done before.

"This is an old Persian form of poetry, and rather strange if you’re used to European meter-and-rhyme forms. A ghazal is made of couplets. Traditionally, the the two lines of the first couplet end with the same word or phrase, and then that same word/phrase is used to end the second line of each succeeding couplet. All of the lines are supposed to be of about the same length, although there is no formal meter or syllable count. If you want to get super traditional/technical, the last couplet is supposed to refer to the poet, either by name, or through some kind of allusion." (from


Hail, hail to the stoner girls with their lips in puckered smoke.
Hear the giggles and raucous wiggles that break apart the smoke.

Hail as the stoner girls slap their foreheads, kiss themselves, and sigh.
How high they dance and prance through low-blowing rows of smoke.

Hail, the stoner girls who prevail over logic, over grace, over time
And wick away the sorrow in sonnets of billowed smoke.

Hail to the stoner girls in attire fit for fire, for no one to see but the laundry.
Oh how they smile in their comfort, wreathed by sleepy smoke.

Hail no, they're dry, so I soak them with packs in pipes and puffs.
They hop to chomp it down, my gift to them: the smoke.

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