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Spanish Verse

The Wayra (Quechua - wind ) is a popular verse form of Peru and Bolivia. It appears it originated in an indigenous Quechua language but has found its way into Spanish literature. It is a short syllabic verse form found at Vole Central and some other sites around the internet.

The elements of the Wayra are:

  1. a pentastich, a poem in 5 lines.
  2. syllabic, 5-7-7-6-8
  3. unrhymed.

    No Surrender by Judi Van Gorder

    The dark dugout cuts
    through still waters of the dense
    Everglades. Undefeated
    the sovereign Seminole
    survive. Warriors in the wind.

    Note: The Seminole Indians of Florida are the only indigenous tribe within the borders of the US to never surrender to the US army. The indigenous Seminole word for wind is also wayra.

~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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