Artist: Zac Brown Band (feat. Amos Lee)
Notes: There is something about the way he sings "a guitar in my hands." I don't really know why but I do. I had thought I might use that as my 'radif' (see information on form below), but I found myself instead utilizing a phrase from the line "I just kept chasing that melody." I even initially used 'that', but 'our' just felt a better fit by the time I uncovered the first stanza. Yes, in the scheme of things, I wrote four stanzas prior to coming back to the one that used the 'radif' in both lines. A couple of other lines from the song played into the poem, but for the most part the topic is not aligned with the song.
A Form Aside: This is a ghazal--more specifically it is intended to be a ghazal sonnet. This was not my first attempt at a ghazal. I tried one (back in August 2011). Normally I try to give a form several goes before I make a decision on it, which is why when it popped up at dVerse Poets Pub for their FormForAll, I thought I'd give it another go. Still not really sold on it, but...
Tune (Stuck Inside My Head)
I never shall erase our melody
nor could I dare replace our melody.
You are the only tune I care to know,
though I might have to chase our melody.
My fingers long to graze your skin
allowing me to trace our melody.
How long, I wonder, must I wait for you
to finally embrace our melody.
I know how fear can still the beat,
but please do not deface our melody.
Until the very end I'll sing of us
and strum across my bass our melody.
Guitar in hand with roses at our feet
together we'll retrace our melody.
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