Tying— Without Pause
Sweating, trying—without pause
Gulls are crying—without pause.
Sand dusts my palms reptilian green
Bare skin frying—without pause.
How much longer can you take it?
Slow motion dying—without pause.
Cats with ribs just barely hiding
Wind storm of sighing—without pause.
Where clouds depart, can I go too?
Diseased from lying—without pause.
Up too early hearing songbirds
Are they crying, without pause?
Erika, wake up, it's your own
Noose you're tying—without pause.
Erika Glass is a 21-year-old undergraduate English student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She fell in love with the ghazal after being introduced to the form at the Aegean Arts Circle Global Writer's Workshop in Andros, Greece. Erika finds joy in the ghazal's simultaneous pattern and spontaneity; its rhythm and wildness. Also a visual artist, Erika enjoys piecing the lines together to create a mosaic of images and meanings laced together by the ghazal form.