Saturday, August 11, 2007

ghazal ("endings & beginnings")

Is this where we celebrate endings   or beginnings?
from stars can you calculate endings   or beginnings?

they often enjoy the fragrance   of the beloved
who seldom anticipate endings   or beginnings

the inception of every idea seems   unexpected
those who ponder should contemplate endings   & beginnings

have you barely commenced to unravel the limitless secret?
at the close you'll lay bare all the endings   & beginnings

the more his mysterious blessings emerge from the deep
the more one must navigate endings   & beginnings

Raphael may be game to endure all the play in your basket
for no more can he separate endings   from beginnings

[written 9 August, in Shanghai -- while dining at the Tandoor]

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