Friday, April 18, 2014



Did you know that several ruba'i are called a rubaiyat? I sure didn't, until today.

This, from the oracle (aka NaPoWriMo):

"Today I challenge you to write a ruba’i. What’s that? Well, it’s a Persian form — multipe stanzas in the ruba’i form are a rubaiyat, as in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Basically, a ruba’i is a four-line stanza, with a rhyme scheme of AABA. Robert Frost’s famous poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening uses this rhyme scheme. You can write a poem composed of one ruba’i, or try your hand at more, for a rubaiyat."

So, without further ado, here goes either a ruba'i or maybe a rubaiyat. We'll see. (Not to worry; it won't be as long as Omar's.)


Back in the north I put on warmer clothes
my skin is dry, the sun tan leaves my nose
I look at pictures of the beach down south,
try not to let myself become morose.

The cat is glad to see me, wants to cuddle
at night I beg a fire round which to huddle
tequila I've abandoned; now it's tea
the climate here has got me in a muddle.

I go for walks but miss the waves' refrain
instead I have to put up with this rain
that falls and falls and turns the garden green
and makes the walking muddy in the lane.

And I think that's as far as I'm going with this one, having already done one blogpost today. Time to go out for a walk, I think. A brisk one that will get me warm!


1 comment:

KE VaN said...

ahhhh, so nice to see that familiar wave sound and sight- I often would wake up at night and think for a second I was in a November storm here, thx!