Poem A Day #4 is to be of the Ghazal poetry form.
Ghazals were originally popularized and written by such notables as Rumi and Hafiz of Persia. Through the influence of Goethe (1749–1832), the ghazal became very popular in Germany during the 19th century and spread throughout Western culture.
“A ghazal is composed of couplets, five or more. The couplets may have nothing to do with one another except for the formal unity derived from a strict rhyme and rhythm pattern.
Traditionally, the ghazal consists of five to fifteen couplets, typically seven. A refrain (a repeated word or phrase) appears at the end of both lines of the first couplet and at the end of the second line in each succeeding couplet.
One or more words before the refrain are rhymes or partial rhymes. The lines should be of approximately the same length and meter.
The poet may use the final couplet as a signature couplet, using his or her name in first, second or third person, and giving a more direct declaration of thought or feeling to the reader.”
Clear as mud now? Great.. the word prompt is ‘star’.
Dream Big Ghazal by Michael Romani Growing up it seems every turn of the head There was always someone following their stars and said - Dream Big Didn't matter whether it was love, music, or building a rocket All of those in the know would walk it and talk it - Dream Big Telling me that I could do and be most anything From a scientist to a poet to rock star who sings - Dream Big But while everyone was trying to be so encouraging Life passed by and it became a bit discouraging - Dream Big You see, I could never decide who to be Mostly lost in dreams, music and poetry - Dream Big Now looking back, I knew I needed a locus Something fixed on which I could focus - Dream Big So, I tell my little girls to fix on their North Stars And let that focus take the distance and as far - Dream Big Dreaming is mostly meant for the nighttime I've come to learn through force that's the right time - Dream Big But never let anything or anyone Get in their way or say just when they're done - Dream Big Each of them born with talents that I love to encourage And if I can I'll instill them with the needed courage - Dream Big It took Edison 10,000 times to create a proper filament That worked correctly just as it was meant - Dream Big Babe Ruth was known as the Home Run King Nobody knows how many times the fat lady would sing - Dream Big I think all of these things after I sing them to sleep So many promises that I wish I could keep - Dream Big And now all I want to be is to be their doting father Who says most the right things and loving my daughters - Dream Big (c) February 12, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved