My Take – #TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 211, #ABHANGA, OR #POETSCHOICE

Coleen has given us a new form to try this week. Check is out HERE.

Abhanga, “the completion” is a stanzaic form commonly used for devotional poetic composition, although it has also been used for cynicism, satire and reflective moods. It was popular from the 13th thru 17th centuries Marathi Region of India and is described as complex and classic. (poetrymagnumopus.com)

The elements of the Abhanga are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.

  • syllabic, 6-6-6-4 syllables each

  • rhymed L2 and L3 rhyme. Often internal rhyme is employed. End rhyme scheme x a a x , x being unrhymed.

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Birds and Trees

Trees stand stately and tall
Limbs outstretched for perching
Watching, waiting, searching
Jays screech loudly

Robins drink from the bath
Juncos hop ’round and eat
White wings flock, not discreet
As squirrels run by

Soon trees will give cover
Leaves as shields, birds do hide
On branches they abide
Spring is coming

Bless the trees broad and tall
Standing, pointing, gazing
Feathered friends all grazing
Thankful for food

~RuthScribbles

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