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Explore the Craft of Writing Tibetan Verse mGur, (poetic song), from Tibet is yodic verse (union of the self with the supreme-being). I couldn't find much in the way of its history though it dates back to the 13th century. From what I could find, the form uses metaphor and parallels. The mGur is more a genre of poetry meant as an extension of or resulting from meditation or prayer. Syllable count and number of lines are just general guides to enhance rhythm and flow. It is Buddhistic in nature and often "songs of positive personal experience", many express "joy at having overcome an obstacle [or] hopes for future success" Roger Jackson -Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre, pp.368-392 The elements of the mGur are: syllabic, lines are 7 syllables, sometimes more. most commonly written in 5 lines. A pentastich. The mGur can extend to 8 lines. a vehicle for meditation. Content should result from or be an extension of meditation or prayer. often employs metaphor and or parallelism. Singed Wings by Judi Van Gorder Flame flickers behind the veil, changes red to blue and back, transparent wings, a white moth flutters in and through small light to dare touch the living fire.