The ghazal (Arabic/Pashto/Persian/Urdu: غزل; Hindi: ग़ज़ल, Turkish: gazel, Bengali: গ়জ়ল, Gujarati: ગ઼ઝલ) is a poetic form consisting of rhyming couplets and a refrain, with each line sharing the same meter. A ghazal may be understood as a poetic expression of both the pain of loss or separation and the beauty of love in spite of that pain. The form is ancient, originating in 6th century Arabic verse. It is derived from the Arabian panegyric qasida. The structural requirements of the ghazal are similar in stringency to those of the Petrarchan sonnet. In its style and content it is a genre which has proved capable of an extraordinary variety of expression around its central themes of love and separation. It is one of the principal poetic forms which the Indo-Perso-Arabic civilization offered to the eastern Islamic world.
Ghazals are mainly a form of Urdu poetry, I tried my hand at writing one in English. Yes. Weird am I.
Lonely nights passed quickly, though spent staring at the sky.
While the open eyes reflected stars, but oh, they were never dry.
I smile at the way of the world, deceits, untruths, unbound.
The one truth that remains unchallenged is that men will forever lie.
The goblet is drained, by parched, torn lips, but the thirst remains unquenched.
The drink of love, crimson and clear, caused many a soul to die.
A stone heart and stony countenance are needs of a course so tough,
To bear arrows with a smiling face, for it’s only cowards who cry.
Folk lore resounds through the valleys and plains, the pain of the lovers profound.
The tale of my love is equally sad, relief absent as months go by.
Devotion, undying marks my heart, branded like a white-hot iron.
The hurt it begets is unending still, inescapable, even if I try.