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I am writing letters home, And will enclose in each a poem. Here is my selection For my verse connection. I think for Maybelline My best Alexandrine, Six syllables per line, That I'll polish till they shine. Something different for Fritz, I am sending him a Blitz, I've not written one before, But I'll manage, I am sure. When I get around to Joan, I thought she'd like a Canzone, That will take a little time For the complicated rhyme. I should think a Carpe Diem Would be just right for Liam, "Seizing the day," I have found, Suits him down to the ground. I do hope Tarquin Will appreciate his Cinquin - Not my favourite form of verse, I think they are a curse. I prefer the Chrystalline, And will send one to Raylene, Maybe one about her kitten, With which she is so smitten. A Diminished Hexameter Will find its way to Rita, Maybe one about that guy She said she would give the go-by. I will work on a Dizain That I can give Lorraine: Perhaps a ballet theme, If it fits the rhyme scheme. And I guess Lindy-Lou Would just love a Doditsu, I will try for hysterics, With some dreadful dactylics. I reckon Sherrilyn Is the one to send an Englyn, She'd prefer something witty To the shallowly pretty. I doubt if Mary-Sue Has ever read an Etheru, So it will be a surprise When my ten-liner arrives. I think I'll send Archie A rude Fibonacci, I can be unrefined In the requisite lines. On the other hand, April Deserves my best Idyll, Just as well they're not long, I could easily go wrong. And for lovely Michelle, A sad Kyrielle, I will hope to attain A soulful refrain. A dainty Ninette For sweet little Lynette, Or perhaps a Nonet, I'm not too sure yet. I am hoping Estella Will love my Quintella, Five lines to say A A B B A I am sending Christina My latest Sestina, Repeating her name Where words must be the same. I will save a Terzanelle To send to Isabel, If good things come in threes, That should be sure to please. I have not forgotten Violet, I am sending her a Triolet, And will try to keep neat The lines I repeat. Well, that completes the list. Anyone I've missed Will have to wait their turn For a Lento or a Lanterne. Or maybe - I don't know - A Tetractys or a Rondeau, Perhaps a Sedoka, Pantoum or Choka. I would find a Ghazal Too much of a puzzle, But I'll try a Rubaiyat To practice on the cat.

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Date: 1/30/2020 1:57:00 AM
Your poem is very nice ... I enjoyed the messages within, but it is not a ghazal, PS has a good explanation of ghazal.
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Beth Evans
Date: 2/12/2020 4:02:00 AM
Thanks, Pashal - the poem is not meant to be a ghazal - it's a list! Ghazal is simply one of the types of poem mentioned.