How does one write a Ghazal:
1. Every verse is a 2-line couplet, (unless you’re Robert Bly) with around 4 to 15 couplets in total.
2. Each line must contain the same number of syllables (in Arabic, they must be the same length we use syllables).
3. Every verse ends in the same word(s) preceded by a rhyme.
The same repeating word(s) is/are called a radif, and the rhyme is called a qaafiya.
4. In the first couplet, both lines end with a qaafiya (rhyme) and radif (repeating word(s)).
5. Each verse is considered a separate mini-poem, so there is no need for any connection between couplets.
6. The last verse is traditionally a signature couplet in which you include your first or last name (or pen name).
Traditionally the preferred subject of a Ghazal is love …. though in our modern age it’s used for just about any subject.
believe me. I can tell fair and square
look around you, love is in the air
the woman with a long questionnaire
she found her love, love is in the air
the man in the wheelchair, he wants to share
when he’s delighted, love is in the air
the lady who is crying and unaware
she’ll meet her debonair, love is in the air
ask Him Indoors, he won’t go elsewhere
Ladylee’s here, love is in the air