Friday, September 14, 2007

ghazal ("O diamond")

Could I but example a line of fire
companions would sample the wine of fire

we're swirling as smoke in an evening sky
may nobody choke on this sign of fire

who cherish your friendship descry both worlds
as embers amid the design of fire

their poetry kindles up forms of flame
who're carving out sandal & pine of fire

this yuga   the furnace is stoked & fierce
who wise would invoke the decline of fire?

the ashes of living are name & fame
O diamond deep in the mine of fire

obscure in its hiding-place   Raphael
sings hymns to your lantern benign   of fire

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