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In My Galaxy

Ghazal: Ancient Middle Eastern Poetry
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The ghazal is an ancient form of poetry developed in the Middle Eas

I feel like a black hole in the whole galaxy 

I feel my so being lost in the dull galaxy 


My feelings are out of control 

My body rolls around in the full galaxy 


There is a hole in my heart 

My heart is a connecting wall into the sole galaxy 


The floor left my feet when you left me 

There is a small hope that you are in the old galaxy 


I wish I could pull the door and you would you would be there 

I fall for you in our wonderful galaxy 


Explanation of the Form

The ghazal is an ancient form of poetry developed in the Middle East. Ghazals are typically composed of at least 10 lines, ordered in five tight couplets with a peculiar pattern. Both lines of the first couplet end with the same phrase (the “radif”), which is preceded by a word that rhymes (the “qafia”). All subsequent couplets contain a unique (unrhymed) first line and a second line that contains both the radif and the qafia. The result is a highly unique format with a beautiful and memorable rhyme scheme. The subject matter of ghazals traditionally deal with love, lust, death, and belief in God. Caitlin Spaulding’s ghazal stands as an exemplar of student poetry in Middle Eastern Literature. “In My Galaxy’s” stays true to the ghazal’s tradition in expressing love, loss, and desire. 

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