You may, if you have felt so inclined, have noticed that from time to time a meandering comment thread evolves that has almost nothing to do with the post and everything to do with digression. One day when archivists and scholars minutely study this blog (oh yes they will!) in order to illuminate the esoteric and exoteric meanings that lie behind and within the words here writ they will find these threads and the co-wizards and partners in sublime bollocks who helped to spin them.
On one such thread - we had gone past the magical number of one hundred, when good things have inexplicably come my way - I felt moved to spread the goodness around and give a poetic/literary task. I have done this before with astonishingly good results (you can find the 'e' fairy tale here). The task was to write a ghazal, with the repeating word of 'signs'. I have published the result below. It is the clear winner - for firstly it was the only one submitted and secondly it is rather fabulous. I can't help that much of it sounds like a hommage to moi - it belongs to the form and you'll just have to take it as part and parcel of the artistic endeavour.
The tradition in a ghazal is for the poet to add a kind of signature at the end, giving a clue as to the authorship. So obviously you won't need me to tell you who it is.
Night after night, we long for you, we Read the Signs
Though darkness gather round, yet still, we Read the Signs
In life’s dread passage, cripples we, and lonely
Where’s comfort, company, love, hope? We need the Signs
The comments flowed like hundred years of solitude
You were forewarned! Now poets be! Decreed the Signs
The words aflame upon the wall, yet we were blind
We never realised these were indeed the signs
Now, eyes burnt out, we grope our way, we fall, we cry
our warning-call – too late! – Take heed - the Signs!
Nothing for it – to love’s great work we set, forlorn
Pray, just be auspicious, in your name! We plead the Signs
Deaf, blind and mute, we flail, inconsolable, we wail
The sought-for word escapes us – don’t recede, the signs!
We longed to be your first and best, oh pray, forgive us
This most unsightly pride, this selfish greed, The Signs
Where there is ever poetry, there you are.
No publisher will in his life impede The Signs.
We’ll stand in the sidelines and we’ll coo and clap,
As after Carol Ann, you shall succeed, The Signs.
Ah, ploughman, to be a field, ripe, nourishing and fruitful,
In our blank mind, you have thus sown The Seed, The Signs
And in our nightly prayers, the rosary falls from our hands
For in our minds, we hold but you: The Bead, The Signs
As Clarissa P, the Abbess, A*** *R, and Legion,
We thank you for the nourishment, the mead, the signs.