"At the parade" [ghazal]
When an Englishy ghazal was garbed in a muzzle at the parade
its discursive barkle made a beeline buzzle at the parade
studious palempsests rife with inscription were pondering the shadows
on vacuous canvases eager to nuzzle at the parade
an astute connoisseur had stooped to inquire what was the racket?
a tennis-court volley had grown to a tussle at the parade
a dairyland merchant was hawking his dreams "sweet and nutritious!"
a sculptured ascetic showed scrupulous muscle at the parade
old Odin was present and crooning an ode! who would have thunk it?
was a sloe-eyed gazelle making fast with a ghazal at the parade?
"Farsi Urdu only!" a purist was preaching children peeled laughter
the pucca reproval provoked no reprisal at the parade
a blithe Orientalist brandished a garland in lieu of a lariat
he lasso'd a lass by a threshold of miseltoe at the parade
a Victorian princess was swooning on schedule the poets applauded
one wag dubbed her costume more bustle than hustle at the parade
a taciturn monk was cooing a mantram in lotus position
proponents of doodle met dweebs of discussle at the parade
a zealot of limericks was poised to deliver his grand manifesto
the haiku practitioners put mortar to pestle at the parade
the is and the will-be were lost in the has-been nostalgia ran rampant
an Island of Is-le in an Ocean of Was-le at the parade
I couldn't determine what virgule or vermin his booth was purveying
but that boy Raphael was enjoying a guzzle at the parade