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Tibetan Poetry

Mgur from Tibet is yodic verse (union of the self with the supreme-being). A more detailed description of the verse is unavailable, but from the example I could find, the form uses metaphor and parallels.


Mgur is:

  • syllabic, written in more than 6 syllable lines.
  • popularly written in 5 lines.
  • a vehicle for meditation.
  • often employs metaphor and or parallelism.


    Singed Wings by Judi Van Gorder


    A flame flickers behind the veil

    changing from red to blue and back,

    a white moth with transparent wings

    flutters in and through the small light

    it dares to touch the living fire.

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