guelder rose ghazal

The berries of the guelder rose (kalina in Ukrainian) are carried on a twig in the beaks of doves in traditional Ukrainian embroidery – but the birds are not depicted in traditional clothing so much as on kitchen towels! The ghazal is a form of traditional Arabic poetry in which each couplet repeats a single refrain at the end of the second line, but the couplets of the poem are otherwise unconnected to each other in both structure and theme. The last couplet should include a reference to the poet’s name, as a sort of signature. This poem isn’t a true ghazal, because there is a unifying theme of imagery that I associate with Ukraine and emotions that I associate with the war.

Guelder rose berries photographed in Kiev by Eugene Chystiakov @unsplash.

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