B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Ghazal

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

flowers 007


4 thoughts on “B&P’s Shadorma and Beyond – Ghazal

  1. Congratulations for getting your name in that last stanza…..I couldn’t quite manage to get that accomplished. It seemed very tricky to me to do that. Good job 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s