Than-bauk Poems 1-2-3

you make me wait
always late, i’m
irate…you’re rude

don’t say, “love you”
only true love
will do…show me

it’s exhausting
me, watching you


Introducing the Than-bauk! I started to give this challenging little poetry form a go yesterday. I must warn you…it’s addictive! Before I knew it I had an entire stream of Than-bauk poems. Here are three to get this week started.

Than-bauk – This Burmese poetic form is pithy and often clever, comprising just three four-syllable lines. The last syllable of the first line rhymes with the third syllable of the second line, as well as the second syllable of the third line.

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