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IV Hindi Region:. The Yama

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Indian Poetry

Regional Verse


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


The Yama is:

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