Mar 3, 2011


Tibetan poetry is called "snyan-ngag" (ornamental language) implying ornaments of rhetoric and phonics. Metaphor and simile are common but rhyme is rarely employed. Like in most cultures, the poetry is delineated by folk or literary compositions. While all Tibetan poetry is syllabic, folk verse is usually written in 6 syllables or less while the literary compositions carry longer lines.

The Gzha is:
written in four lines.
six syllables per line

And, my examples:

Pearls of wisdom fall like
drops of blood from a wound,
bruising whatever they
touch with unwanted knowledge

~*~ ~*~ ~*~

Thunder calls - storm coming.
Too bright lightning striking -
no consideration.
Thirsty earth absorbs the rain.

~*~ ~*~ ~*~

Winter waiting dormant
fragile buds grace the trees
unfurling slowly until
all at once the greening.

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