NaPoWriMo, Day 18

“And now for our prompt (optional, as always). 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.”

Planting an Herb Garden:

Day of sweetness, full-tilt spring:
We will make an offering.
Till the dirt and plant the seeds
to bring forth good and holy things.

We will make a sacred space;
strew beads from fence that marks the place
where we will commune with Earth,
and learn her ways and learn her pace.

Then, when from the seeds we’ve sown
appears the green of life full-grown,
we’ll accept her gifts with thanks
For the healing that’s Earth’s own.


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