#TANKA TUESDAY #POETRY CHALLENGE NO. 211, #Abhanga, or #PoetsChoice

Hi its Tuesday and time for Colleen’s Tuesday Tanka Challenge. It is the first Challenge of the month so it is poets choice, so we can pick any form of poetry we fancy. Colleen has found us yet another form of poetry called an Abhanga. I have chosen to try the new form as I love a challenge. I chose also to write two stanzas. Below is how it works.

Abhanga, “the completion” is a stanzaic form commonly used for devotional poetic composition, although it has also been used for cynicism, satire and reflective moods. It was popular from the 13th thru 17th centuries Marathi Region of India and is described as complex and classic. (poetrymagnumopus.com)

The elements of the Abhanga are:

  • stanzaic, written in any number of 4 line stanzas.
  • syllabic, 6-6-6-4 syllables each
  • rhymed L2 and L3 rhyme. Often internal rhyme is employed. End rhyme scheme x a a x , x being unrhymed.

Eyes and Souls

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Look deep into the soul
The eyes are the portal
To a soul immortal
Answers to find.

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Lacrimosa relief
Tears are a safety valve
They are a gentle salve
Shed tears save pain.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rugby843
    Feb 02, 2021 @ 15:53:43

    Fantastic!

    Reply

  2. Ritu
    Feb 02, 2021 @ 16:28:54

    That first one.. fantastic, Sis! ❤

    Reply

  3. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Feb 06, 2021 @ 17:34:43

    Oh, I loved your Abhanga poetry, Willow. It’s fun to have some rhyming choices. Well done. ❤

    Reply

  4. jazzytower
    Feb 06, 2021 @ 23:19:57

    Well done! I like this.

    Pat

    Reply

  5. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Feb 07, 2021 @ 07:08:56

    Well done Willow, two of the new form both nicely done. x

    Reply

  6. Trackback: TANKA TUESDAY POETRY CHALLENGE STARS | #PoetsChoice or Abhanga – Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry
  7. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Feb 08, 2021 @ 07:39:17

    Both are stunning Willow ♥

    Reply

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