Summer Morns – Ya-Du Challenge – June 20, 2014


Hot morning dawns
Streaked pink fawn skies
Bird’s song flies down
Denies sadness
Summer morns – beautiful to excess!



The other morning, Jen from Blog it or Lose it came up with a new form, at least it was new for me, but actually very ancient:

A Spotlight, Green (Ya-Du – Kuindzhi Poems)

The poem is a ya-du.  What is a ya-du? Here are the rules for this Burmese poetic form:

  • 1, 2, or 3 stanzas, each with 5 lines;
  • Lines 1, 2, 3, and 4 have four syllables;
  • Line 5 has 5, 7, 9, or 11 syllables;
  • Lines 4 and 5 have end rhyme;
  • Lines 1, 2, and 3 have climbing rhyme in syllables 4, 3, and 2;
  • Lines 3, 4, and 5 have climbing rhyme in syllables 4, 3, and 2;
  • There is a reference to the seasons.

This has got to be about the hardest form I’ve ever tried to write!  Probably with practice …. anyway I wanted to at least give it a try and I’m not very pleased with this first result, so I’ll be coming back to it.  But if any of you would like to give it a go … pls ping me (and I think Jen would like to see your results too)!

Ciao, Bastet!