Albert's Poetry Cafe ~ Poet Craft: Form Abhanga with Salvatore!  November 9, 2009 - November 23, 2009

Contest Completed

Congratulations

Gold - [writing deleted]
Silver - Abhanga/Alone
Bronze - Sparkle
Honorable mention - Heartache amiss

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Poet Craft: Abhanga

Here is a poetic form that originated in India.

Though there is no required number of stanzas, for this contest we will require four or five stanzas. Each stanza is a quatrain (four lines) with a rhyme pattern of abbc and a syllable count of 6,6,6,4.

Here is an example of an abhanga poem.


WILL THE DAY EVER COME?


Wars have yet to promise
And deliver real peace.
Will battles ever cease?
We need to pray.

A country challenges
Its neighbor for more land
And though a change of hands,
Life stays the same.

If two people settled
Spats by fighting a duel,
Wouldnt we call them fools?
Its so absurd!

Yet nations send armies
Of young men and women
Who do what theyre bidden
And often die.

Will the day ever come
When wars are outdated
And human life rated
In flesh and blood?

Lets opt for the table
Besides staging a meal
As a place to make deals
Instead of war.

#
2008 Salvatore Buttaci


Deadline: November 23, 2009

Prizes: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and one Honorable Mention



Prizes

1st 2nd 3rd & Honorable Mention

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Created Nov 10, 2009