“Even the Rain” – Poem by Agha Shahid Ali

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Purple Rain – California Collection – 11 x 14 matted
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My Poetry Corner June 2015 features the poem “Even the Rain” by Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali (1949-2001). This poem is part of his final poetry collection, Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals, published posthumously in 2003, following his death from brain cancer in December 2001.

The ghazal, a Persian poetic form, is five or more thematically unrelated couplets connected through rhyme and repetition. The opening couplet sets up the scheme of rhyme and refrain by having it occur in both lines. The rhyme immediately precedes the refrain. In the following couplets, this scheme of rhyme and refrain only occurs in the second line. The last couplet names the poet directly in the second or third person.

Ali’s opening couplet in “Even the Rain” sets up the refrain, even the rain, and the…

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  • ndtewarie  On 05/31/2015 at 9:28 am

    IT IS TIME ©

    After 23 years of marching backwards
    With a government acting like cowards
    The people found out there’s a hole in the cup
    When they spoke Jagdeo told them to shut up
    If you oppose the Gov’t you get a good slap
    Was told off by the boss that Ramoutar chap
    And some may even cuss you out
    Especially when you heckle or shout
    They got fat, lazy and brazen too my brother
    Question them and you get the middle finger
    They spent like money running out of print
    As they did with the failed Amelia Falls stint

    Then without thinking wearing their dunce cap
    They built the Marriott hotel in the midst of crap
    They showed no accountancy or no transparency
    Spending and pocketing the tax payers money
    Sharing out contracts and jobs through nepotism
    All the time pretending to hold on to socialism
    Cussing down by ministers brought out their fang
    Existence of evil in the Party caused it’s untergang
    Its time as the people stated in the last election
    A new beginning thrusting a forward direction
    Never allow the poor to get poorer they all will moan
    If you try to ride 2 asses you bound to fall on your own1
    Tears of evil and wrong doings may not make a sound
    But when culprits go free and justice cannot be found
    Eh when eye-pass turn to rass pass
    Karma going to bite you in the ass
    Let this be a warning to all looking for a majority
    Remember your past pay attention to your History


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