S.E Asia (Cambodia)

Pathya Vat

An interesting little form, which like most SE asian forms has a short syllable count. I this case there are four lines of four syllables. Only lines two and four rhyme.
With this form it is common to have single stanza poems. However, if more than one stanza is needed the two middle lines rhyme with the last line of the previous stanza. (I think we can see the French influence here).
O. O. O. O.
O. O. O. a.
O. O. O. a.
O. O. O. b.

O. O. O. O.
O. O. O. a.
O. O. O. a.
O. O. O. O.

sky opens up
peals of thunder
children wonder
eyes wide in awe

drumbeat droplets
jagged fire draws
each one to pause
squirm in their seats

hailstones bouncing roof rattle greets
as storm now meets
end in rainbow

Dana Rowe

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