Qasida

My love is not a burning flame
A hungry tiger that you tame
No raging river causing flood
Or rearing stallion’s tossing mane
My love is not a mountain high
That men do climb for country name
My love instead a gentle glow
That when you entered my life came
A helping hand, a gentle smile
My love is not a burning flame
A hungry tiger that you tame

Examples of the qasida form exist as early as the 900s and are still being written today. Metrical requirements vary depending on time, place, and language – the form has been adapted by a number of different cultures. Once established, each piece contains only a single meter. The qasida also has no set number of lines, examples exist ranging from ten to over one hundred lines. The one glimmer of consistance is in the rhyme scheme. The first two lines rhyme with each other and all the even numbered lines (aa ba ca da).

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