My Beautiful – A Ghazal

The Form for All lesson over at dVerse Poets Pub today is on the ghazal and Samuel Peralta’s ghazal sonnet. I immediately found it to be a very interesting poetry form and decided to try writing one. Mine is not a sonnet because it is more than 14 lines, and I didn’t pay any attention to meter. The refrain I settled on is “my Beautiful,” which refers both to the fact that Jesus is my Beautiful Savior and that I am His Beautiful child (since my first name is Spanish for beautiful).

My Beautiful

In my lost and wandering youth
my soul did flee my Beautiful

During numberless crazy times
I saw only me, my Beautiful

In the darkness of past days
I could nary see my Beautiful

Take this cup of grief from me
I echo Your adamant plea, my Beautiful

With joy I did learn of Your sacrifice
on the cursed tree, my Beautiful

I knew in my heart of hearts
Your grace is the key, my Beautiful

Alive and found by My love
Your soul set free my Beautiful

My greatest desire for all my days
is to glorify thee, my Beautiful

In Your strong and lovely voice
You call me Linda Lee, my Beautiful

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.


23 Responses

    • I LOVED this prompt! The ghazal is a terrific form to work with. 🙂 I like that you saw the underlying happiness and joy in this poem, even though it isn’t so in all parts. Peace, Linda

  1. What an inspiring poem – and it’s wonderful that you used your name “Linda Lee” in the envoy to define the rhymes behind the refrain “my Beautiful”. I also love the dual reference of that refrain, that and the musicality of the rhyme-refrain makes for a wonderful lilt to your ghazal,

    • Samuel, Thank you for your kind and encouraging critique of my ghazal. This was truly one of the most fun forms I’ve done, a close second behind the triolet that is my favorite. Peace, Linda

  2. This truly is lovely. You have a really great choice of words and one that I probably haven’t heard since I was a little girl (nary). The whole poem reminds me a little of some beautiful garden verses. It is a very special poem.

    • Mary, Normally I wouldn’t do that, but it’s part of the Ghazal form. I was just going to use Linda, but there aren’t very many good words that rhyme with Linda. 🙂 Peace, Linda

  3. linda lee…smiles…calls you by name…in his strong and lovely voice…this is beautiful linda…i like too how you point out how ours eyes fall on us occassionally as well and miss out…

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