Spirit Questions

IMG_3452 Spirit Questions (a Rubaiyat)

Where dwells the spirit before life begins

Waiting to entwine with genes at man’s whim

Does it float in space riding red star dust

Or in ocean waves where the teeming swim


Where dwells the spirit when I took my first

Breath of life merged with heart and lungs first thirst

Spirit seems at home in this flesh and bone

Fragile body // heart pumping till it bursts


Where does my spirit dwell when life is done

As eyes close in death and the race is run

Breath leaves the body and the spirit’s rises

Rejoining spirit with Spirit // lives on


Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today Frank at d’Verse asked us to write a rubia or a rubaiyat.

“A rubai or stanza in a rubaiyat is four lines long and rhymes AABA in iambic pentameter meter. That is how Edward Fitzgerald translated Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat. Khayyam was an 11th century Persian. Fitzgerald’s translation appeared in 1859.”

This is my first attempt at this so I hope I come close to what is expected.

38 thoughts on “Spirit Questions

  1. I love you rrubaiyat, Dwght, and the questions it poses. I especially love the image of the spirit
    ‘Waiting to entwine with genes at man’s whim’ and floating in space ‘riding red star dust’, as well the internal half-rhyme and rhythm in ‘Spirit seems at home in this flesh and bone’.The final atanza is so satisfying!

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  2. Hi there, what can i do to make my blog better? This is the first time i am trying this, and i want it to be great! I also want other networks to be impressed and feel invited into the site…

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