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IV Hindi Region:. The Yama

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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry
Indian Verse
Regional Verse

The Yama is named for the Hindi god of death and is a stanzaic form found in Berg's Pathways.
The elements of the Yama are:

  1. syllabic, written in 6 syllable lines.
  2. stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
  3. rhymed, rhyme scheme x a x a, x being unrhymed.
  4. a poem of death, grief or sorrow. It can be expanded to include simply a poem of loss. (even of a season)
  5. titled.

    Father - Daughter by Judi Van Gorder

    He willed his lungs to breathe
    despite the searing pain
    refusing to give up
    til he passed on his reign.

    Those who loved him gathered,
    each, in turn, said goodbye.
    I among the vigil,
    helplessly watch him die.

    Withheld was my pardon,
    I could not give him that,
    my love ever tempered
    by our stubborn combat.

    Long after he had gone
    forgiveness came to me,
    too late to tell him so
    and gently set him free.

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