Flowing, or: Prolific

A ghazal

Sipping Bernheim Original wheat whiskey
-Or- quaffing Lagavulin peat'd whiskey

Jerusalem nights get colder than cold;
Writing requires serious heat - whiskey!

When struggling to maintain rhythm and rhyme;
-Or- can't seem to keep up the beat - whiskey!

Still, never enjoyed generic liquor;
Can't afford it... but prefer elite whiskey.

Happily, two quality stores found near me;
Both practically down the street - whiskey!

Could never forget my way to those doors;
When distracted, I follow my feet - whiskey!

Evenings are sit, open, pour, sip, write verse;
When through, David simply repeats - whiskey!


A ghazal consists of a series of couplets (two-line verses), with each line containing the same number of syllables. A ghazal has at least five couplets, but not more than fifteen. Most ghazals are about 7โ€“12 couplets long.

Every verse ends with the same word or group of words (radif), preceded by a rhyme (qaafiya). Additionally, both lines of the first verse end with the qaafiya and radif. This is because the ghazal was originally meant to be sung, thus the repetition of the qaafiya and radif let the listener know what they were.

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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36 thoughts on “Flowing, or: Prolific”

  1. I loved the flow and humor in these verses! I’m ruined for whiskey – it was the cure for toothache – had to hold a mouthful to numb the tooth – now I equate the taste with pain… perhaps my mother’s remedy was two-fold? She was smart….

  2. The whimsy of this piece is delightful and had me busting a grin the entire way. ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re on a roll with this format, good sir! ๐Ÿ™‚

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