In view of the Haiku’s popularity in the West, and the rising interest in Asian poetry, it’s surprising that the Than Bauk is not more popular. Than-Bauk, conventionally a witty saying or epigram, is a three line “climbing rhyme” poem of Burmese origin. Each line has four syllables. The rhyme is on the fourth syllable of the first line, the third syllable of the second line, and the second syllable of the third line.



Wait for hours;
these showers pour,
flowers will grow.

© Copyright Walter J Wojtanik – 2014




Beware the sword
of the lord who’s
grown bored with you

© Iain Douglas Kemp 3/14

164 thoughts on “INFORM POETS – THAN-BAUK

    (A Than-bauk Chain)

    Give it your best.
    Life’s a test, friend,
    the rest you’ll learn,
    I must insist,
    at every turn
    or you’ll burn where
    you’ll yearn in Hell

    to warn and tell,
    Please repel sin,
    the spell that’ll kill,
    Do rest assured,
    can only fill
    to the hilt what
    brings ills to souls.

    For whom bells toll
    red-hot coals rain,
    flames roll like waves,
    But enter grace,
    He that can save,
    He who gave all,
    So bravely done

    For everyone.
    God’s good son paid
    and none ignored.
    He died for us
    And gave us more.
    Rich and poor souls
    now soar like birds.


  2. My Life With You

    It feels so good
    Like it should feel
    How could it not
    When you are here
    Right by my side
    On this tide we
    Both ride called life

    God put you here
    Never fear, He
    Is here with us
    Always will be
    His blessings grow
    And I know He
    Will show the way

    No matter how
    I now vow and
    I bow to you
    Forever more
    With Him to guide
    And confide in
    This ride will last

    © 2014 Earl Parsons

  3. Frozen Food

    Oh, where is spring?
    Winter’s fling just
    won’t wing away.

    Robin red-breast
    on a quest tries
    to wrest iced worms.

    A tasty treat
    crunchy meat then
    he repeats. Yum

  4. This is a first for me. I’ve not heard of this form before. It takes getting used to, but I’ve given it a chance and myself one, too.

    (Than Bauk)

    More’s the pity
    each city breathes
    gritty used air.

  5. An empty keg
    Drunken beggar
    An egg on face

    I hear a bell
    From the well. Oh!
    Cat fell down there.

    His funny face
    Is a trace smart
    And spacey, too.

    Today’s spring rains
    flower chains to
    ease pains

    April showers
    May flowers bring
    To spur spring’s joy

  7. Tattle-tale

    Pinocchio’s nose
    always grows ‘cause
    it knows the lie

    Can you tell I’m having fun? Maybe I’ll find something serious. If not, I’ll be quiet.

  8. It ’tis my fate
    I must wait for
    a date with you.

    I plan to make
    (use as bate) a
    pie, great for you.

    So to sedate
    you to state to
    set date with me.

    ’cause once you ate
    (what I bake), you
    will make a choice.

    To get a cake
    (I could bake,) you
    must make with me

    an honest date
    to translate to
    a great time spent.

    Then we could rate
    our first date – worth
    the wait (ooo, Ya)

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