Thursday, October 25, 2007
ghazal ("without you")
Whatever I do is useless without you
my arguments prove excuseless without you
you are the flower and likewise you're the fruit
my poetry remains juiceless without you
don't you exude the answer questions yearn for?
mind's monologue can't produce this without you
the engine of existence dwells in your smile
the train of thought is cabooseless without you
the world's a mere mirage cast by your shadow
but how could a man deduce this without you?
every bloke hankers to bloom his ego's glory
we're powerless to reduce this without you
granules of truth ground the cuisine of meaning
what cook has skill to couscous this without you?
your blends of energy brim with jasmine fragrance
our empty cup can't infuse this without you
the sober world that looms darkly comedic --
what loon could Lenny Bruce this without you?
I'm up the proverbial creek lacking a paddle
what savant of streams canoes this without you?
the bend of the note invoking depth of feeling --
no artist perfectly blues this without you
your presence crackles electric like the raincloud
what weatherman could conduce this without you?
O slender moon! you're the alchemy of the night
can day transform my obtuseness without you?
yours is the veil that hides and then reveals!
no Salome dance seduces without you
lies poetry in nearness or perspective?
what vantage truly enthuses without you?
yours is the whim behind facades of reason
no chance anyone chooses without you
the scope of your gaze isn't just encyclopedic
illusion's pierced! we confuse this without you
adrift in the world a'float in poetry's bubble --
experience cannot use this without you
seven seas of feeling echo with your laughter
Narcissus emptiness cruises without you
reports filed from the front of beauty's backside --
the blundering world old news is without you
that fool Raphael presumed he might cardsharps ace
his babble but "what the deuce!" is without you