Oh the mixed-up emotions of being back in London

Knowing you never ever can win London


At first it seems like a dream of English perfection

But then, you’ve always been good at spin, London


Your welcoming arms mask impervious charms

And they say everyone living here’s kin, London


How many folks when they dream of a place

Immediately go off and pin London?


Grimy streets and houses, all the same old shops

And you really could use some more bins London


But then there’s that energy, heady and strong

Delicious dens of vice, carousing and sin London


I may have moved on, but your pull is still strong

Feel you under my skin to chagrin, London


And yet I D-Claire, again I am here

Dirty-pretty auld town you’re a djinn, London


Today’s prompt was to write a ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry, but has become increasingly used in English, after being popularized by poets including Agha Shahid Ali. A ghazal is formed of couplets, each of which is its own complete statement. Both lines of the first couplet end with the same phrae or end-word, and that end-word is also repeated at the end of each couplet. If you’re really feeling inspired, you can also attempt to incorporate internal rhymes and a reference to your own name in the final couplet. 

This is my first-ever ghazal 🙂 





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  2. That was brilliant, D-Claire! I loved all of it – your address to London, the rhymes that lead to your refrain, and, of course, your last couplet. I had a grin as I came to the word “djinn” (oh, and incidentally, that is one of my favorite words, in general).
    Congratulations on being featured poet!

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