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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ghazal Winner

Whew! As with the kyrielle challenge, this was a tough one for me to judge. I think I short-listed more than 30 poems, so it was a challenge for me to even get down to a Top 10 list, let alone choose a winner. But the list has been picked–as has the winner.

I could only pick 10, so many great ghazals (learn more about ghazals here) were left out in the cold. Here are the ones that made it through my several readings:

10. Poesy, by Nancy Posey
9. Regret, by Emily Anderson
8. Menu for Romance, by Amy Barlow Liberatore
7. Bodies in a Room, by Linda Goin
6. Across the Room, by Meena Rose
5. Ghazal Sequence: In Memoriam, by Christine Bloom
4. The Throes, by Daniel Ari
3. A Ghazal to a Mountain, by Suren Oganessian
2. A Ghazal for Alcatraz, by Taylor Graham
1. “Can these crumpled leaves…,” by Tiel Aisha Ansari

Before sharing Tiel’s excellent ghazal, I just wanted to make a mention of Taylor Graham. Before deciding on the Top 10, there was a super competitive list of 18. Taylor had three poems in that final 18. So I just want to send out some kudos.

And here’s the winning ghazal:

“Can these crumpled leaves…”
by Tiel Aisha Ansari

 

Can these crumpled leaves really hold a flower?

A fist clenched this tight would crush any flower.

 

A glimpse of sky through the roof of a bower

naked to the wind and unclothed with flowers.

 

Emerald enamel sheathes the walls of this tower,

this bud that imprisons the thought of a flower.

 

And the hopeful search, and the desperate scour

their hearts for a glimpse of a beckoning flower.

 

Last summer’s savor has turned to sour

for want of the perfume of opening flowers.

 

And no one can dream yet of a tranquil hour

when bees might rest upon an outspread flower.

 

The Bride of the Beloved will reveal her dower

when God calls “Open” to the sleeping flower.

 

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Congratulations, Tiel! And props to the rest of the Top 10! It was a tough list to make.

 

Thank you to everyone who participated. It was a great joy reading everyone’s poems.

 

Plus, I hope to release the deadline for the next form contest sometime this week. Stay tuned.

 

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  5. Daniel Ari

    Thanks for the challenge, Robert. I very much like the ghazal form and feel sure I’ll keep it in my repertoire (though I continue to pronounce it to rhyme with "Duvall").

    Also congrats to all – including everyone who tried the form.

    DA

  6. Karen H. Phillips

    After reading Tiel’s poem, it’s clear from her beautiful use of language to convey meaning, her poem’s a winner.

    My congrats to Tiel, Taylor, Suren, Daniel, Christine, Meena, Linda, Amy, Emily, and Nancy. I recognized most of your names from reading your outstanding work previously.

  7. Linda Goin

    I didn’t see that I was in the top ten until after my congrats to Tiel. Wow. I feel encouraged!

    Congrats to all the other poets, too — what a great learning experience this was for me, and you all helped me to understand the ghazal during a very difficult time in my life. I’m honored. And, to Amy re: the Living Waters, congrats — esp. for a ghazal!

  8. Taylor Graham

    Congratulations Tiel, what a lovely poem! And congrats to the top ten and to everyone who took on the challenge and wrote a ghazal. Thanks, Robert, for these challenges!

  9. Amy Barlow Liberatore

    Tiel! Congratulations on a beautiful ghazal! I am flattered at being chosen for the top ten – forms are not in my usual repertoire, and I thank Robert for continuing to challenge me.

    Believe it or not, ANOTHER ghazal I wrote, Ghazal For The Gulf Coast Tragedy, was just chosen by Poets For Living Waters as an Open Mic selection. I’m proud to be in Linda’s company on such a worthy project. That poem can be found at
    http://sharplittlepencil.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/gulf-coast-tragedy-poets-for-living-waters/

    Thanks again for a lively challenge. I’m not that "into" competition, but I guess it’s part and parcel of the work of the poet! Amy

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