Blackened Edges

Napowrimo, Day 13 and the prompt today is an oldie-but-a-goody: the ghazal. The form was originally developed in Arabic and Persian poetry. I found it quite challenging but gave it a go. Here’s the instructions I found easiest to follow if anyone wants to try it.

Blackened Edges


My mind is filled with a million thoughts, as everything goes to black.

I feel pain, trapped in darkened mind, on Raven wing, it goes to black.



I cannot breathe, short, shallow, sharp, grasping, trying, reaching, I cling.

I’m caught in a whirlwind of madness, as everything goes to black.



Time ticks, racing, chasing on, yet disrespecting it can sting

A journey takes a thousand steps but still everything goes to black



How can I escape the warrior within? he has a song to sing

A story untold, darkness blackened him, everything goes to black



There’s a Raven on my shoulder, a shadow, at my heart pecking.

It’s burrowed deep, left me an empty shell, living things go to black.



By Katie Haigh

copyright@K.Haigh 12/04/17
Photo by Katie Haigh



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