by: James E. Cox
In Arabic, rubai means four lines. The poetry of Omar Khayyam, Eleventh Century Persian scientist and poet, rhymed the first, second and fourth lines of his quatrains. That rhyme scheme became the established rubai form when Edward Fitzgerald translated The Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam into English in 1859. Now, another scientist and Poet Laureate of the International Society of Poets offers over three hundred rubai quatrains in the challenging Omar Khayyam style.
Mr. Cox's verses were written over a fifty-year period and many have been published in magazines, newspapers, poetry anthologies, chapbooks and his books, The Essence of Jim and As The Mood Prescribes.
Rubai contains Mr. Cox's complete collection of rubai quatrains and the verses explore the realms of passion, humor, logic, philosophy and personal disquietudes.
Since the verses are four lines, the book is excellent on coffee tables, night stands and office waiting rooms.
The following quatrains are examples of rubais from the book, Rubai:
'Tis time, indeed, that you appraise
the misspent hours within Life's maze.
There are never enough tomorrows
to amend lost yesterdays.
What sport to watch them as they drive,
and ponder how they will contrive,
to hide their bared psychotic ways,
if they manage to survive.
You are my love…my joy…my pain.
Your smile’s applause. Your scowl can maim.
My very essence is your slave
should it escape my soul would wane.
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Rubai Gems is an inexpensive e-book introduction to rubai poems which can be purchased on Kindle.