Staying Warm

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Fussy Little Forms” – Than Bauk
(imagined by Marian)

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

Can’t help but fear
coming drear of
this year’s winter

and I am not
a robot who
can blot out cold

I count on my
dogs to lie at
my side for warmth


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to Staying Warm

  1. MYRNA ZACH says:

    I think John would suffice



  2. sanaarizvi says:

    Nothing like the warmth of those adorable creatures in winter ❤️


  3. Marian says:

    Nice! Perfect! Also, brrrrrrr 🙂


  4. I have no dogs… so have to do with a blanket.


  5. Jim says:

    A fun read, Sarah. Best bring those dogs in this week.
    I liked the form, I had to rewrite mine, I had misunderstood the directions for rhyme.


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