A Touch of Green
Winter meant bare branches along this stream.
At last, the trees are green along this stream.
And with it, the entire scene seems to come
to life as I slowly paddle downstream.
Swallows dash about for food, their hatchlings
in the nests that line the banks of the stream.
Brown squirrels gambol along maple branches,
hanging perilously above the stream.
Heron stares keenly into the water,
waiting patiently for fish in the stream.
A pair of deer walk nimbly down the bank,
pause at water’s edge to drink from the stream.
Bass breaks the water with a splash to catch
bugs flying lazily above the stream.
Sights and sounds that accompany the green
help me understand life along the stream.
The optional prompt at NaPoWriMo 2017 for Day 13 of National Poetry Writing Month/Global Poetry Writing Month is to write a ghazal. I’ve written a couple using my name in the final line, as is an option. But with a name like mine (Ken) that can grow old fast, so I hope you’ll understand why I’ve used a variant. 😉
Ghazal ~ five or more couplets, lines the same length, meter not required
~ first couplet same end words; 1 to 3 words in 2nd lines repeated; rhyme – aA bA cA dA eA
~ (optional) internal rhyme in second lines, preceding repeated rhyme
~ possible naming or reference to author in last couplet
~ traditionally invoking melancholy, love, longing, and metaphysical questions, ghazals are often sung by Iranian, Indian, and Pakistani musicians