a rainbow in words- 30th

colours

Shades of purple and blue –
Vivid
Glorious Handiwork of
heavens
Vouching for mankind –
declare
That we still have a chance –
nightly
To rejoice in simple beauty
beauty

© NopeNotPam

Waltmarie

The than-bauk is a Burmese form with very simple rules:

  • Three lines
  • Four syllables per line
  • The final syllable of the first line rhymes with the third syllable of the second line and second syllable of the third line.

Here’s a visual representation of rhyming and non-rhyming syllables for each line:

xxxa
xxax
xaxx

The poem is conventionally written as an epigram, so it’s usually a clever or witty little poem.

I made a chain of than-bauks below that starts the pattern over in each stanza. However, I did find an interesting variation of linked than-bauk that begins a new descending rhyme at the end of the line that features the third rhyme.

Here’s another visual representation of how this variation would work:

xxxa
xxax
xaxb
xxbx
xbxc
xxcx
xcxx

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