Monday, April 6, 2015
Poem #5 for Poetry Month-Burmese Than-Bauk
The photo is of the shy and elusive fawn lily which arrives in shady spots as early as February. I spotted this one beside the Nootka Trail when we were working there one year.
This poem is a Burmese Than-Bauk, familiarly known as a “climbing rhyme” due to its internal rhyming structure. The than-bauk is a 3 line poem of 4 syllables per line wherein the key rhyming word is the fourth word in line one. The second line must have a word that rhymes with it at the third syllable and of course, the last line must then rhyme with both at the second syllable. So it suits short one syllable words best. Otherwise one’s brain becomes a pretzel trying to rhyme anything as complex as two or three syllables or it can become a ‘table’ ‘fable’ ‘gable’ sort of lame effort.
Spy Movie in Burma: Director’s Notes
Lady will wait
Inside; bait for
A late night guest.