Than-bauk Poems 4-5

mourning dove coos
at dusk sooth me
my cue to breathe

how green the earth
with new birth verve
what mirth, spring bliss



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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