love’s crowning fruit

Linking this ghazal to February “red crush” prompt HERE. The ghazal is a traditional Arabian verse form with the first two lines ending in the same refrain, which is then repeated at the end of each stanza. The ghazal consists of at least five, but often up to fifteen, two-line stanzas. Each stanza should be independent, but should tie together with the whole. The final stanza is a signature, where the author can use his/her name to seal the poem.The lines should be of similar length and rhythm. Themes are traditionally on love’s longing and directed to the Beloved. (Note: With subjects like romantic love, many of us tell ourselves pretty stories…this may be one such “confabulation”).



photo credit: care@com.


Write sweet poetry to heart’s secret red crush;

can mere words awaken love’s latent red crush?

pluck ripe pomegranates from leafy tree lush;

cut fruit in two, reveal cherished red crush.

rose petaled kisses may entice lovers’ hush,

romancing soft velvet of luscious red crush.

delight of the garden in Persia and Cush,

heaven’s seeds float serene in pulpy red crush.

massage scented cream on skin’s passionate blush;

circle neck with bright garnets of  jeweled red crush.

freshly squeezed pom juice powers energy rush;

whether iced or served hot, savor flavor’s red crush

Valentine birthday doubles married love’s mush…

desires’ conversation with lynn’s only red crush  😉


“Let us go early to the vineyards… and if the pomegranates are in bloom…there I will give you my love.”                                                 – Song of Songs 7:12

19 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. lillian
    Feb 13, 2018 @ 18:01:31

    Hi Lynn: Lillian here, hosting today’s Poetics using images of and artist. Someone just posted on Mr Linky for the prompt, using Lyn but when I click on Lyn it goes to a WordPress page to write on. So it doesn’t go to a post. I’m wondering if this is your post to today’s prompt, but perhaps you didn’t enter it correctly? I can’t find a Lyn on any of the other dVerse prompts. If the Lyn error for today isn’t yours, then just delete this. Otherwise if it is, could you repost your poem for today’s Poetics about the art images and then I’ll delete the wrong one.
    Thanks, Lillian
    PS: sorry to bother you if this doesn’t apply.


    • lynn__
      Feb 13, 2018 @ 22:41:59

      Hi Lillian, I did NOT post the first link but it does connect to my “write” page. Please delete it…I linked now (#28). Thanks for asking! (I was away for the evening so didn’t see message earlier.)


  3. mhmp77
    Feb 10, 2018 @ 04:41:32

    Ghazal seems to come easy for you lynn. It may not be the same with others


  4. Nan Mykel
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 22:40:53

    You did it! Congratulations.


  5. rothpoetry
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 18:43:46

    I liked the married love’s mush…!


  6. ~M
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 18:22:10

    This is wonderfully written! 😉


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 14:43:57

    This is lovely.. how you have used that red crush and the pomegranate making it yours in the end…


  8. Frank Hubeny
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 14:37:57

    Nice ghazal to the pomegranate. I like the rhyme sound throughout.


  9. annell4
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 14:17:06

    Love the “red crush!”


  10. Mary (tqhousecat)
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 13:42:21

    A perfect poem for this week!


  11. kim881
    Feb 09, 2018 @ 07:17:30

    A delightful red crush ghazal, Lynn! Thank you for linking up your early Valentine’s poem. I love all the things with different shades of red, especially:
    ‘… ripe pomegranates from leafy tree lush’;
    ‘rose petaled kisses may entice lovers’ hush,
    romancing soft velvet of luscious red crush’;
    ‘…scented cream on skin’s passionate blush’.


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