Today I challenge you to write a ruba’i. What’s that? Well, it’s a Persian form — multiple stanzas in the ruba’i form are a rubaiyat, as in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Basically, a ruba’i is a four-line stanza, with a rhyme scheme of AABA. Robert Frost’s famous poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening uses this rhyme scheme. You can write a poem composed of one ruba’i, or try your hand at more, for a rubaiyat.
I have made some sort of rubaiyat. I think. I feel like apologizing for some reason. Don’t worry, I’ll clean that up.
A writer’s rubaiyat
When nobody’s looking I sneak to my pen
And write down the truths of women and men
I write how we love, how we struggle and fight
Then I cross it all out and start over again
When I’m all alone I compose through the night
I’m full of ideas, of disgust and delight
But when it gets crowded my words hide away
So please let me be and just let me write
My life is fast forward and I won’t replay
If you want to talk, I will meet you halfway
But don’t push your luck, though it sounds so cliché
Sometimes I may wander, but I rarely stray
~ Liesl Dineen 2014