Migrating butterflies swarm over the ocean,
As iridescent clouds form over the ocean.
Slivers of lightning pulse in bands of rain
Where funnel clouds form over the ocean.
Azure light flows from wheeling monsoons
That dissolve & reform over the ocean.
The horizon’s blue fire emits mist, rising
Like smoke as auroras form over the ocean.
Kali levitates above the tornado
Emerging from a storm over the ocean.
Sunlight shot with rain streams in shafts
Through a fading storm over the ocean.
Wading fishermen witness the image
Of Poseidon form over the ocean.
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The author Steffen Horstmann, in his own words: “Agha Shahid Ali taught me the ghazal form while I was his student at the University of Arizona. I have written more than two hundred ghazals in English, and my poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout the world, including: Baltimore Review, Free State Review, Istanbul Literary Review,Louisiana Literature, Oyez Review, Texas Poetry Journal, and Tiferet.”