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”).

 

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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  😉

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“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

sign of his presence

Exploring new (old) form of poetry,  the ghazal, at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

 

symbol of peace whose spirit we know

surprised by shadow, white dove in snow

 

swift owl or coyote’s bloody salvo

moonlight reveals white dove, still, in snow

 

on pilgrim road, choose which way to go

follow the sun or white dove in snow

 

cemetery where winter winds blow

watchman on headstone, white dove in snow

 

soft, lynn, pure sign of his love to show

alights branch above, white dove in snow