Poem 30: Restlessness takes hold

(The poetic form selected for this month is the ghazal.)

Restlessness takes hold because I know not the heart.
I steal a look, a glance, a sigh. No! Not the heart!

Birds take flight from swampy fens up to angry clouds.
They circle in a gyre and cry: Know not the heart!

Mrs Housewife takes off the outer cabbage leaves
And puts aside the rest for pie. No! Not the heart!

The cornfield shakes light of gold in the setting sun.
Hills shudder silver rays and die. Know not the heart!

Trees deeper in the forest grow strong together.
Spindly plants on outer edge vie. No! Not the heart!

The secrets of all life stun us into wonder;
But Bruce, who ever asks the why, knows not his heart.

10 thoughts on “Poem 30: Restlessness takes hold

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks Lisa! I “pinched” the image of gyre from Yeats (I think) – In his “Second Coming”: “Turning and turning in the widening gyre/The falcon cannot hear the falconer…”

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Well, thank you, Yvonne. Next, in August, comes the “standard habbie” which is Robbie Burns’ poetic form. I’ve already finished those as well, and then for September I was thinking of the sonnet. But I have so enjoyed doing the ghazal (this is only the second of five) that I might sneak in the occasional one in between!

  1. umashankar

    The restlessness truly descends upon the heart with this ghazal. And this one strikes home of this unparalleled poetic form like a dart. Each sher is independent but reinforces the listlessness of existence. The third one packs a startling imagery that counterbalances the cosmic symbols with a quotidian domestic event which again fits into the composition like a jigsaw puzzle.
    Never stop singing ghazals, O poet Bruce!
    Many pen lyrics to ears, but no, not the heart!

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I humbly bow, dear Uma, to your encouragement. And you wrote such a beautifully appropriate sher – which shows you’re on the ball!! “The listlessness of existence” – OMG! how universal is the human experience! Thanks.


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