Albert's Poetry Cafe ~ Keeping the Dream Alive! ~ Phrase contest  March 8, 2010 - March 22, 2010

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Write a poem with the following phrase included in it.

".....and all along i felt
as tender as a crystal
ready to be shattered"

This is from one of Rumi's famous poems which I have set out below.

The Story of My Life

i was ready to tell
the story of my life
but the ripple of tears
and the agony of my heart
wouldn't let me

i began to stutter
saying a word here and there
and all along i felt
as tender as a crystal
ready to be shattered

in this stormy sea
we call life
all the big ships
come apart
board by board

how can i survive
riding a lonely
little boat
with no oars
and no arms

my boat did finally break
by the waves
and i broke free
as i tied myself
to a single board

though the panic is gone
i am now offended
why should i be so helpless
rising with one wave
and falling with the next

i don't know
if i am
while i exist
but i know for sure
when i am
i am not
when i am not
then i am

now how can i be
a skeptic
about the
resurrection and
coming to life again

since in this world
i have many times
like my own imagination
died and
been born again

that is why
after a long agonizing life
as a hunter
i finally let go and got
hunted down and became free


Ghazal 1419 Translated by Nader Khalili

Happy writing poets!


1st 2nd 3rd & Albert's special award!


Helen Margaret Crutchett
Helen Margaret Crutchett
N.S.W., Australia


8 Contestants
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Created Mar 8, 2010