10-line Poem Challenge #36: Ghazal – Life – God of Plenty


10-line Poem Challenge #36: Ghazal – Life – God of Plenty

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Life as God of Plenty

Years have passed by, brought up a war baby
Always working, cleaning, god of plenty
No one taught me how to love, only work
It became demeaning, god of plenty
My life, husband, then came all the children
Always work, housecleaning, god of plenty
Not enough time for loving my family
I needed some healing, god of plenty
Still standing strong, that is my life story
Elsie, Scottish, meaning god of plenty

Written by Elsie Hagley

I asked Google – What does Elsie mean in English?

The name Elsie is a Scottish baby name.

In Scottish, the name Elsie is:  meaning ‘my god is bountiful’, or ‘god of plenty.’.

Other Meanings for Elsie

the Ghazal Poem is:

  • A decastich (10-line poem) written as five closed couplets (in its minimum length).
  • The theme is love, particularly the pain of love.
  • The lines are isosyllabic (all the same length).
  • The couplets contain internal monorhyme and a refrain.
  • Rhyme scheme: AA bA cA dA eA or aA bA cA dA eA
  • The author’s name or pen name appears in the last line or at least a reference to it.

Summary: it is a syllable, internal rhymes, a refrain line, (five couplets – ten lines), a stand-alone, as a two-lined poem.

Author Note: The photo above was taken a couple of months ago, approximately three and a half years since my profile photo was taken. ACC cancer sure changed my appearance, I can smile, but not laugh it is painful, the right side of my face is numb, with much pain in my head. Life goes on, looks are not everything, it’s what’s in the heart that counts.



  1. I like hearing what the meanings of names are. You worked yours into your poem very well.
    You are lovely in every way, with a beautiful soul. I consider myself lucky to have met you through these pages. ❤

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  2. This touched me very deeply. You made it so much more than a poetry exercise. Most of them are more than, but this one extended to the stars. Thank you so much for your transparency, Elsie. The God of plenty has given you plenty of talent, plenty of heart, and plenty of grace, to be sure.

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    • Thank you, you touch my heart with that comment, you are so kind. Thank you for this opportunity to experience the joy of writing these 10 lined poems, you taught me so much about writing poetry, you are a great teacher. I have gone back to writing the early ones I missed out doing. Thanks, my friend, may you find peace within and continue teaching others to enjoy the world of writing poetry.

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