Day 2 Of NaPoWriMo 2018.
I voted for this, so of course, I will defend this reign
The nattering nabobs will never comprehend this reign.
The tyranny of the side glance, the half smile and a nod
What do I need to do, to free myself, and end this reign.
I am the showman, and I spite with venomous fangs
I have the walrus, who unleashed, will scend this reign.
We fear for the unthinkable – a pogrom, a cleansing? A white light
through the prism is but a rainbow that transcends this reign.
In the end, one force has to overcome the other – the tit for tat:
it is a simple act, a right exercised that can very well end this reign.
For too long, the ‘Mirage’ held, for too long the privileged
have managed to propel and continue to extend this reign.
Note: Today’s prompt: “we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the incident from a third-person point of view. Or you might try a poem in the form of a dialogue, which necessarily has two “I” speakers, addressing two “you”s. Another way to go is to take an existing poem of yours or someone else’s, and try rewriting it in a different voice. The point is just to play with who is speaking to who and how.”
The nice thing about a ghazal, since it is disjunctive to begin with, each couplet can assume any type of voice – the first, the second and the third person. Today’s ghazal took a much more political tone. Couple of songs were also running through my head – one was the Beatles: I am the Walrus and another was the Police: King of Pain – from which I borrowed the phrase “end this reign” and turn it into a qafiyah & radif (the rhyme and the refrain).