~~A GHAZAL And a RUBA’I~~
1. Ghazal: “Love Labored, Not Lost”
This my fiery desire, my passion, my frustrations are new
Please understand because this trembling love itself is new
You who smile at my impatience, my eager foot-tapping
How’d you know: for me you and for you, yes, I am new
There was a time, silly, when moonlight seemed out of focus
As soon as I saw your face, after long separations, anew
See, the morning again has dawned abashed with such pleas
Facing the ray of your lips, arms, throbbing blood and sinew!
Remember that first rendezvous in the dark movie theater –
I still have the browned dog-eared tickets as if they are new
The first exchange of words that mostly meant nothing then
They come back to me like precious jewels shining and new
You do hear me speak but don’t hear what my heart sings
Go on, trick me, your stance is something I always knew
So if love is my forte and sweet ignorance is your clever ploy
Tell me “Navi”, what’d you achieve with ballads old or new?
2. “The Wife Sings A Ruba’i”
Wish it were two homes side by side
Us, meeting and loving at will, any woe denied
A sherbet glass, wood apples and Megh Malhar tones
Is it not love’s best flavor picked and tried?
Images from the Internet: Rajasthani miniature & Persian art