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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:

  1. syllabic, lines are 7  syllables, sometimes more.
  2. most commonly written in 5 lines. A pentastich.  The mGur can extend to 8 lines. 
  3. a vehicle for meditation.  Content should result from or be an extension of meditation or prayer.
  4. 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.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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Unfold a reflective frame,
connect with your inner song.
Free the creator within
to spiral into stardust
bringing forth Tibet's mGur.
                ~~Judi Van Gorder 

Last Sigh of Summer

Leaves ripple a summer song,
the west wind carries its tune
to refresh my heart and mind,
its silken sigh strokes my skin.
My spirit is energized.
                                  ~~jvg 

 

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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

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