Friday, March 6, 2015
by Ashley Lister
Our lives are complex as a Rubik’s cube
I give advice to prove I’m not a rube
And say, “Please don’t use chilli sauce as lube.”
It’s true I do not have a lot of class
With words of wisdom, I don’t have a mass
But I don’t stick spicy sauce up my ass.
Let me beat my message loud, with a drum
Let me warn you the results are not fun
Let me say: keep spices out of your rectum.
The poetic form of the Urdu masnavi were originally religious in content. Additionally, they were written in couplets. Over the years the form of the masnavi has been appropriated and modified until we’re left with today’s form: the muzdawidj.
As you will have noted from the example above, the muzdawidj uses triplets (a a a / b b b / c c c…)
We’ve known each other for a while,
I’d give so much to make you smile.
So, shall we do it doggy-style?
I think true love should know no bounds
I want to hear those special sounds
You make when we’re like rutting hounds.
They tell me that true love is blind.
I love your body and your mind.
Get on all fours. I’ll go behind
The muzdawidj is a straightforward poetic form that works best (like most rhyming forms) when each line has a similar metrical value. As a writing exercise to start your creative juices flowing before you get down to your daily writing routine, the muzdawidj is accessible, easy to remember, and surprisingly challenging. I look forward to reading your poems in the comments box below.