Diwali Ghazal

Steffen Horstmann

- Steffen Horstmann


Pilgrims assemble amid candles in the night,
Transfixed in the radiance of a holy light.

Breezes circle the temples, whispering prayers
As moths swirl in a lantern's aura of gold light.

Fireworks are reflected in water & meld
Like rainbow colors that blend in the night.

The reflections of stars jewel an indigo sea
As zephyrs bend candle flames in the night.

Our songs echo across the glowing waters.
The sacred flames pulse & emit prisms of light.

Steffen Horstmann has written more than two hundred ghazals in English, and his poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout the world, including Baltimore Review, Free State Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Louisiana Literature, Texas Poetry Journal and Tiferet. Horstmann has published two books of ghazals, Jalsaghar (2016) and Ujjain (2017).

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