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IV Hindi Region:. The Yama

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Indian Verse
Regional Verse

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

  1. stanzaic, written in any number of quatrains.
  2.  syllabic, written in 6 syllable lines.
  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

    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.

    Years after he had gone
    forgiveness came to me,
    too late to tell him so
    too late to set him free.
                   ~~Judi Van Gorder


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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A Yama

Goodbye to our last round
where we learned to question.
Sorry to see it go
but here's a suggestion,

Join us in a new round,
a Hindi form that weeps
to honor one we've lost
in poetry for keeps.


~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

For permission to use this work you can write to Tinker1111@icloud.com

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