Happy weekend, Toads! Today let’s try the Burmese form called THAN BAUK. It’s a truly little form--smaller than even haiku at 12 syllables--and far fussier because of a strict rhyme scheme. Fun!
The than bauk form is a three-line poem with four syllables each, featuring rhymes in kind of a step pattern like this:
x x x R
x x R x
x R x x
One could chain together several to make a longer poem, like this:
x x x A
x x A x
x A x B
x x B x
x B x C
x x C x
x C x x
The fun thing about than bauk is that such a short rhyming form allows for a witty expression or epigram. Sharpen your wits!
Here is my attempt at a chained than bauk poem from a couple years back. Not very witty, but maybe expressive:
“She Wishes By the Seashore”
not best but most
Wikipedia entry for than bauk poems
Poets Garret article with examples
Fun examples at All Poetry website
Let’s have some fun with the short and sweet. Feel free to link one or many verses if the fussy spirit moves you. Enjoy!