Issue 24 – November 2008
The Sugar Radif Challenge
The sugar radif challenge finally makes its appearance. There are 18 ghazals there, with quite different approaches to the use of “sugar” as the radif. While you may not find each of the 18 to your taste, I’m sure there are several that will please you. One would think (a) that writing a poem that repeats the same word or phrase at least six times would be monotonous and (b) that putting 18 poems together all using that same phrase would lead to intense monotony. These ghazals are far from monotonous — and no artificial sweeteners in them either.
“One Lump or Two?”
I didn’t know what to expect in response to the sugar radif challenge. It turns out that some sweet ghazals can be built around that radif, displaying the many meanings and overtones of the word, “sugar.” Because of my health, I hardly ever eat sugar, although once in awhile I do taste a bit of sugar. I hope you will taste these ghazals, all centering on sugar, to discover the many flavors of sugar.
Esther Greenleaf Mürer
Gino called for ghazals with the radif “sugar”,
Writing ghazals is better and safer than eating;
Please, sir, won’t you let me carry your golf clubs?
Here’s a good chance for diabetic poets
Water schmahter, forget about the oasis;
OK, so I let you cast me as your toyboy,
Sent to school with the burden of a balanced lunch,
Brazilians know how to draw the tourists; that’s why
Ecuador is the paradise where, when they die,
I won’t listen to the music of Ernest Schlock
Out in the world they think that my name is Esther;