Monday, January 13, 2014

A Ghazal--By Sunil Uniyal--India

A Ghazal

I know not why, it's strange but true
I feel lost in front of You

Virtues in me are too many
You just take a bird's eye view

What is all this roaming about?
Why is life a wandering Jew?

In this world of tasks undone
Days are like the morning dew

In this city of millions 'Uni'
Can't even find friends few

Sunil Uniyal ( born 1953-) is a poet and translator based in New Delhi, India. He has been writing haiku and poems for over thirty years and many of these have appeared in e-journals like Muse India, Kritya, AHA Poetry, Poetica Magazine, Sketch Book, Notes From the Gean, A Hundred Gourds and Haiku Dreaming Australia. His work in translation includes, The Target is Behind the Sky -Fifty Poems of Kabir, brought out by the Low Price Publications, Delhi in February 2012.


  1. Wow! A beautiful Ghazal. Thanks a ton.

  2. I really don't know what a Ghazal is? But, I love your words - great reading...

    Rhoda Galgiani

    1. Thank you, Rhoda, for your encouraging comments. This is a ghazal I wrote many years ago. The word literally means a conversation with the Beloved, who could be a human being or God. It had its origins in Persian poetry in the 10th century and gradually spread to other languages like Urdu. Of late it has become popular in English too. A ghazal consists of shers or couplets in the rhyming pattern - aa, ba, ca, da and so on. Gene Doty's Ghazal Page is an outstanding e-journal for reading modern English ghazals. My translations of some Urdu ghazals of Mirza Ghalib, a 19th century Indian poet, were published in that journal recently.

      Warm regards.

  3. Hi Sunil. "A Ghazal" is a nice, artistic poem that I enjoyed reading. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

    -Maurice J. Reynolds, Owner / Editor
    TGBTG Publications! / Creative Inspirations

  4. Thank you, Maurice, for liking this ghazal. Warm regards.

  5. Hello Uncle....wat a lovely ghazal u have touches your heart n leaves a deep impact

  6. Loved the words in all its mystery! Deeply intriguing in a light-hearted way! Will revisit this piece! Warm regards Ralph

  7. Very artistic. Love this poem. Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem with us.


  8. Hi Sunil,

    An interesting poem that intrigues one with thought. Well written and thanks for writing an explanation (under Rhoda's comment) of the form of ghazal I had not heard of this form before. Thanks for sharing this your poem with us.

    Sandra Stefanowich

  9. Hello Sunil,
    Your poem struck a chord of loneliness, but be assured you are not alone. So many folks I know feel isolated from a world that seems harsh. Their greatest attributes go unnoticed and they feel they have no friends. Wander no further, Sunil. You now have a whole community of friends on "Whispers." Bless you for sharing this with us. Best wishes, Carolyn Devonshire

  10. Ahhhhhhhh this is a new genre for me as well and it is very beautiful, a poem uncluttered by too many words. I'm so happy you've shared this with us.