Grace at dVerse engages us to try a new poetic form: the Zéjel, a Spanish form with Arabic influence related to the Qasida and adopted by the Spanish troubadours of 15th century. The rules for the most common form: 1) 8 syllable lines. 2) stanzaic, opening with a mono-rhymed triplet followed by any number of quatrains. 3) rhymed, the rhyme of the opening mudanza establishes a linking rhyme with the end line of the succeeding quatrains. Rhyme scheme, aaa bbba ccca etc. Click on Mr. Linky to read more poems. Image credit: Roman Odintsov.
Universes and grains of sand
Threading dreams, like daisies, by hand
Unstrung the quicker when more grand.
I sought the visions of a dream
Where suffering ends and life would seem
Heavenly, as every soul would beam
To see wishes fulfilled as planned.
Long I searched by day and by night
Like Eldorado by the knight
The end I sought grew dim not bright
As all my hopes came to a stand.
Now gray and old, I do decry
The day I fell for that old lie:
Apart from God to live and die
And build my towering hopes on sand.