This is for yesterday. The NaPoWriMo prompt was:
Today I challenge you to write a ruba’i. What’s that? Well, it’s a Persian form — multipe 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.
The grubby man has a guitar with broken strings.
He smiles from behind his begging bowl and sings;
Glances in his bowl while he strokes his silent guitar.
To me, it’s like looking at a bird with broken wings.
I stop to listen for a while to this music-man on the floor.
His fingers pick and strum mute chords while his eyes implore;
Then he disappears into the music, eyes shut against the world.
I know the yearning of the need to dance or sing some more.