Sunday, April 5, 2015
Poem #4 for April Poetry Month-Bengali Payar
Bengali Payar is a form which lends itself to oral presentation as it has two rhyming couplets within long lines which are halved yet again .
There are two 8 syllable lines with an internal structure of 4 and 4 beats, then a six syllable line with a 4 and 2 beat rhythm.
The six syllable lines rhyme with each other and the last line is a finale. These are fun! The soaked flowers are Lily of the Nile or agapanthus, which follow hard on the heels of daffodils here on Lennard Island. I love their true blue colour and ability to withstand the vile weather of late!
Somebody wrote, Cruel April
breaking records, hot cold
rolling thunder, lightning strikes too
floods strand poor cows, mud mould...
But wait one day, or week or month
April snickers, you’ll see
patience rewards, remember this
don’t plant too soon, think like a bee.