Fear (Ghazal #1)

Absent moon and hollow the dark void of night rains silence.
Life fled and empty a wasteland of fear explains silence.

Desperately digging at solitude, soft heart freshly buried,
thick soil suffocation, sweet lack of air ordains silence.

Faint hope persuaded escape, could fingers grasp moving sky?
Frantic clawing drains desire, weary flesh gains silence.

Earth hard and unyielding, capacious field of cruelty!
Transcendent of help and dying, the ear disdains silence.

Panic stilled, oxygen of acceptance breathes radiance.
Death is the seed of all birth. Eyes closed, Tanya obtains silence.


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12 Responses to Fear (Ghazal #1)

  1. The term Ghazal made me curious, as I am an avid listener of Ghazals.
    “Death is the seed of all birth”. That is a wonderful statement. Between the lines: strains of pain hidden deep!

    • Thank you very much. The Ghazal is my favorite form. Alas! I have only written two. I have attempted to write a couple more but I sincerely believe that the form captures a piece of your soul and if your spirit is not sharing, it is harder to create. They are little pearls. I came across someone named Zahhar online (years ago) who writes the most amazing Ghazal. I wish I knew if this person had a site I could follow. I found their work in pdf format. Amazing ….amazing writer.

      • Well, I listen to ghazals in Urdu. I love espcially the ones with a sufi background. They are known for their wonderful thoughts.

        • Oh? I want to know more. Do you have any examples I should check out on Youtube? Is it the same thing? From what I know, the Ghazal is very very very ancient. But some forms of writing were meant to be sung. I live in Texas so I do not run into very many different cultures but I made friends with a Muslim and I will never forget the day he read from the Quran for me. He sang. And though I do not understand Arabic, it was beautiful and touching. That is when I learned that many ancient works were meant to be sung and not spoken. Is it the same with Ghazal? Have you heard of the Tamil poets? And if so, do you know if their works were sung as well? I would be more than interested to hear what you are talking about. So many questions. The Ghazals in Urdu….do they follow the same structure? You have sparked my curiosity. Thank you.

          • There are a lot of ghazals on youtube. Ghazals can deal with all sorts of subjects. Love, separation, pain and quite a lot of philosophy as well (Sufism, the pacifist branch of Islam. Hardliners, denounce Sufism) I love ghazals (I was born in India) for their beauty in singing. You can search using names such as “abida parveen” “mehdi hassan” “nusrat fateh ali khan” or the most famous name “ghalib”

            and more.
            Here is the link to wiki

            by Tamil poets do you mean the Azhvars? Tamil poetry and Urdu(or persian) are completely different branches. They are in different languages and follow different structures. The ancient poets in Tamil were all Hindus. Ghazals are from the muslims.

            Each language has its beauty in poetry. Somehow I cannot fit Ghazals into English. It is really new to me. So I need to get used to this. Ghazals are sung in a particular way (set to oriental/Indian music) Persian, Arabic and Turkish influences have enriched this genre of music.
            Those ghazals about love are extremely romantic and moving. They can touch hidden chords in the human heart.

            • Thank you for all of this information. I am happy to do more research. I knew the Ghazals were Persian. I haven’t done too much research on The Tamil poets but we read some pieces in one of my Lit classes and it was Hindu work. Our professor had us read some pieces and an excerpt from the Mahabharata. We had an assignment to chose something we had read and write an essay. I had tried to dig up some scholarly research on the Tamil poets but it was rather difficult at the time. I will revisit. 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful links and the seeds of growth.

            • and that video…that is beautiful.

              • The pleasure is mine. Thank you, too, for your wonderful words. I am a south Indian and hence Tamil is not a fully unknown language to me 🙂 In fact my mother tongue, Malayalam, was born from Tamil. Although the music I learnt is south Indian (most of the songs are in Telugu and in Tamil) I love ghazals and their melancholic tones. I bathe in that music.

  2. Zahhar is a penname. I think her real name is Erin Thomas. It might take quite a search but it is worth it. http://www.mochinet.com/Writing/CB/ (I grabbed the old notebooks and printouts to find more information just for you). I wish I could convey what an impact this person had on my life to them. Such an amazing poet.

    • Erin Thomas says:

      Ah, here’s what you referenced in your email. Yes his name is Erin Thomas. 🙂 Sorry about the gender confusion. It’s happened a lot over the years. My father’s idea. “A good Irish name,” he said. And, lo! “Erin” just happens to mean “Ireland”, quite directly, both words meaning “Emerald Isle”. Somehow he was convinced we were of Irish heritage. Turns out, no, as my sister discovered a few years back through her genealogy research. We’re descended from Vikings. They did get around those Scandinavians. But, hey, the Vikings had their poetry, too. Beowulf is still very much alive and well, after all.

      It just so happens that all links on that the page you linked to point to various posts or lists at my blog, so it works. But some of the ghazals in question are listed here, if you’re curious. There are even a few new ones. I’ve also been going back and revising old ghazals once in awhile.

      My favorite sher in this ghazal would be the third. Are you planning to write more?

      • I am so embarrassed….Hi!!!! (Anyone reading this…you are witnessing me say Hi to a poet I’ve admired for years). (Cosmic connections do happen). I will respond in length soon. Trapped in this evil place called work. I actually wanted to respond with my entire brain. (you have made my day..sir) 🙂

      • ****Everyone ^ This man is a Master.

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