I love the summer morning, when fresh dew has fallen,
______birds have awakened, breeze in trees has spoken;
The outward peace seeps inward, refreshing my spirit—
______and besides all that, the a/c is broken!
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Welcome to my series, Incremental Poetry, where each week the featured poem will be one line longer than the one I share the week before. I have no idea how long I’ll keep this up, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Thank you for stopping by.
About the Poem:
This poem was written with a bit of humor intended. I truly was sitting outside, as is my custom; but it was also true that the a/c was broken, so at the time the outdoors felt better than the indoors. I’ve written two other Doha couplets, both of which are more serious, but I decided to share this one and hopefully spread some smiles.
a Hindi stanzaic form employing a rhyming couplet with long syllabic lines.
The Doha is also used in Urdu verse. This form steps away from the Hindi tradition of romantic verse and is often written as didactic or used in longer narrative verse.
The Doha is stanzaic, which means it may be written in any number of couplets.
Each line has 24 syllables, with a pause (caesura) after the 13th syllable, making the line two phrases of 13 and 11 syllables each. The couplet can be arranged as a quatrain, breaking the line at the caesura.
The Doha is commonly used for proverbs and/or longer narratives or didactic poetry.